Posts Tagged ‘ambulance’
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GAZA, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) violated the humanitarian ceasefire on Saturday morning and fired at Palestinian citizens and ambulance cars while trying to enter Khuza’a town to the east of Khan Younis.
Eyewitnesses said that after the 12-hour ceasefire went into effect at 0800 this morning, Palestinian citizens and ambulance cars tried to enter the beleaguered Khuza’a town but were confronted with Israeli bullets, which forced them and the ambulance cars to leave the area.
Citizens questioned the role of the Red Cross that should have coordinated the entry of those ambulance crews to evacuate bodies strewn in the town’s streets and started to decompose.
Palestinian medical teams managed to retrieve the bodies of dozens of victims, who were killed by Israeli gunfire in the border areas.
Around one thousand Palestinians were killed and around six thousand others were wounded in the Israeli air, land, and sea attacks on the Gaza Strip that started 20 days ago.
July 9, 2014: Reading back through this blog will give you a glimpse into the healthcare system in Gaza, particularly the emergency services. During my three months as a UK paramedic visiting Gaza, I felt like I got a decent understanding of the situation that my Palestinian counterparts work in. I saw the mismatched selection of donated ambulances and equipment they work with, the empty shelves in ambulances where basic medical supplies should be stocked and saw bombed out ambulances, now hoisted onto the roof of the Red Crescent ambulance station in Gaza City as a reminder of the systematic targeting of rescue workers during previous Israeli offensives. (more…)
Photographs of damage to the Palestine Red Crescent Society EMS center in Jabaliya due to the Israeli shelling on the Gaza StripJuly 10, 2014
Originally posted on Palestine Red Crescent Society
(Al Bireh – 09/07/2014): During the Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip, a number of shells hit the PRCS EMS center in Jabaliya at 9:30 pm Wednesday night. Nine of the PRCS EMTs and volunteers were slightly injured, while three EMTs suffered from bruises and fractures and were transferred to the PRCS Al Quds hospital in Gaza city. Moreover, three ambulances were completely destroyed and are now out of service and the building itself was damaged
The PRCS center was evacuated and its team and ambulances were transferred to the EMS center in Gaza city from where they will respond to the humanitarian needs of the Palestinians in Jabaliya.
Pictures have emerged that appear to show an injured ambulance worker and damaged Red Crescent ambulances after Israeli air strikes hit land behind the ambulance station in Jabalia, northern Gaza this evening 09/07/2014). 3 injuries have been reported.
Originally posted on Islamic Invitation Turkey
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Yesterday we visited the Ministry of Health’s ambulance depot in Gaza City. The government’s ambulance service runs alongside that of the Red Crescent, the Civil Defence, Military Medical services and some some small NGOs. The day-to-day emergency calls are predominantly responded to by the Red Crescent, but the Ministry of Health vehicles have the capacity to assist at busy periods and especially during conflicts.
They also run many community first aid trainings, health professional refresher trainings and have recently participated in some Majax (major incident) drills with other services. During quieter periods the MoH ambulances mainly run patient transfers, including taking dialysis patients to appointments, transferring between hospitals and taking patients to the Rafah and Erez border crossings for treatment abroad. They have about 30 intensive care ambulances and 67 first response vehicles, with 23 EMT-Is/nurses and 142 first responder (EMT-B) drivers. At present they are short of some nurses who have been recalled to hospital Emergency Departments due to staff shortages.
We had a long talk (and coffee) with a few different managers, who were all formerly on the road and will still get back into uniform in times of crisis. Then we had a look round some of the ambulances in the depot, talked to some of the crews and tried to get our heads round the huge issues facing the ambulance service here. In many ways, the ambulance service is a microcosm of Gaza in general. The complex problems facing it as a service are also the problems facing the wider population. There’s the huge issue of the Israeli blockade, now compounded by the political situation in Egypt. Then there’s the border closures, which leaves intubated patients waiting at the Erez crossing into Israel for hours while the medical team keeping them alive watch the oxygen and equipment batteries run down.
There’s the resulting scarcity of resources that means that the MoH ambulance have no non-rebreather masks (something that we use routinely and offhandedly back home) among many, many other items. There’s the crippled economy, a government that can’t pay its workers on time and the resulting poverty and 50% unemployment rate. Then there’s the dependence on international aid, the lack of training opportunities and inadequate infrastructure. And of course there is constant tension and violence, with occasional vast and devastating military aggression. In short, these broader issues combine in the health service to make the provision of even a basic standard of care exceptionally difficult.
Wednesday April 17, 2013 21:04 by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies
Wednesday evening, April 17, 2013, Israeli soldiers opened fire at a Palestinian Red Crescent Ambulance while trying to provide medical care to family members, including an infant, injured by gas bombs fired by the army at their home, in Al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem.
Abdul-Halim Jaafra, head of the Emergency Unit at the Bethlehem Branch of the Red Crescent, told the Radio Bethlehem 2000 that five Palestinian family members, including an infant, suffocated after inhaling gas fired by the army at their home.
He added that as the medics rushed to rescue the family, the army fired rubber-coated metal bullets at the ambulance shattering its front shield; no injuries were reported among the medics.
The incident took place during clashes that took place in Al-Khader between local youths and invading Israeli soldiers.
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