Posts Tagged ‘ambulance’

Red Crescent declares ‘state of emergency’ after attacks on staff

October 5, 2015
Oct. 4, 2015 5:02 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 4, 2015 8:01 P.M.)
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(Palestine Red Crescent Society)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestine Red Crescent Society on Sunday declared a state of emergency across the occupied Palestinian territory following an upsurge in violence by Israeli soldiers and settlers, including 14 attacks on the society’s ambulances in just three days.The society said in a statement that it was declaring a level 3 state of emergency and putting all its staff, teams and volunteers on standby.The society decried Israeli violations of international humanitarian law, saying that in a 72-hour period, it had faced 14 attacks against its staff and vehicles “in a serious escalation of violations against PRCS, its teams and the humanitarian services they render.”Most recently, the statement said that Israeli soldiers attacked one of the society’s ambulances while tending to injured Palestinians during clashes in front of al-Quds University’s Abu Dis campus earlier Sunday.Two days earlier, the statement said that Israeli forces attacked an ambulance in al-Issawiya village in occupied East Jerusalem, before they “proceeded to arrest an injured Palestinian from inside the ambulance.”Also on Friday, the windshield of another ambulance was smashed by settlers in Burin village in Nablus, preventing it from “discharging its humanitarian duty.”The society said that on Saturday, five paramedics “were beaten up by soldiers in Jerusalem,” while Israeli forces also attacked an ambulance crew with batons in Jerusalem’s Old City.The statement said Israeli soldiers also “severely beat another ambulance crew in Jabal Al Taweel (Al-Bireh), wounding two paramedics,” afterward detaining a wounded Palestinian from the ambulance.The Palestine Red Crescent Society, which is a full member of the International Movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, said that the incidents were “a blatant violation” of international humanitarian law.The society called on the international community, including the UN General Assembly and Security Council, to “shoulder their responsibilities by taking the necessary steps to make Israeli occupation authorities comply” with international law.The Palestine Red Crescent Society was founded in 1968, to cater to Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory. Following the 1993 Oslo Accord, the newly established Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health mandated the society to provide an ambulance service to the Palestinian population.Recent days have seen a surge of violence across the occupied Palestinian territory.
Tensions had been steadily mounting in recent weeks due to Israeli restrictions on Palestinians seeking to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem.A string of deadly attacks on Israelis, including a shooting that left two settlers dead in the West Bank on Thursday, and a stabbing in Jerusalem that claimed two Israelis’ lives on Saturday, prompted further clashes.Dozens of Palestinians have been reported injured in recent days, including many shot with live rounds.

IOF soldiers violate ceasefire, fire at ambulance cars

July 26, 2014
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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.

Gaza under attack – a UK paramedic’s perspective

July 11, 2014

 

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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 Strip

July 10, 2014

 

 

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Damage to Red Crescent Society EMS Centre

July 10, 2014
 
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July 9: Injuries and damages in the Palestinian Red Crescent Society EMS center in Jabaliya due to the Israeli shelling on the Gaza Strip

(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.

 

Israel targeted Red Crescent ambulances, injured 3 medics

July 10, 2014

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

International Medics visit Ministry of Health Ambulance Depot

March 24, 2014

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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.

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Risking their lives to save lives: Gaza’s Civil Defence First Responders

February 24, 2014

from Joe Catron, The Electronic Intifada, Gaza City, 16th April 2013

Firefighters aim hose at building billowing with smoke

Palestinian firefighters extinguish a blaze after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, 18 November 2012.(Ashraf Amra / APA images)“When thousands of Palestinians poured into the streets of the Gaza Strip after the announcement of a ceasefire with Israel on the night of 21 November last year, they found many of them flooded.Celebrants in areas hard-hit by eight days of Israeli airstrikes, artillery fire and naval shelling were particularly likely to find themselves wading through rivers of water. Firefighters had sprayed it to extinguish blazes at nearby bomb sites as missiles fell hours earlier.“If we — if anyone — thinks of this as his job, he will not work,” said Yousef Khaled Zahar, general manager of the Civil Defense Directorate in Gaza.“But because we believe in our people and our country, because we belong to this people, we work without ever thinking of the dangers. We are only concerned with serving our people.” (more…)

Army Opens Fire At Palestinian Ambulance In Bethlehem

April 17, 2013

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.

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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.

20/11/12: Gaza Crisis: Paramedics under Pressure

November 20, 2012

AlJazeera Clip: Meet Paramedic Jihad Elotti