Posts Tagged ‘gaza’

Paramedic killed east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip

July 26, 2014

According to a Ma’an article, shortly after midnight, a Palestinian paramedic Muhammad Matar al-Abadlah, 32, was killed while he was helping victims in eastern Khan Younis district.

IOF soldiers violate ceasefire, fire at ambulance cars

July 26, 2014
[ 26/07/2014 – 11:49 AM ]

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.

Meet rescuer Ayman Shahwan

July 13, 2014

Originally posted here

AR-140719728.jpg&MaxW=960&imageVersion=defaultFor 15 years, Ayman Shahwan has raced his ambulance through the death and destruction of Gaza’s seemingly unending war with Israel.

Braving the threat of air strikes and shelling, he has ferried scores of wounded men, women and children — and presumably fighters — to hospital from the wreckage of bombed-out Gaza homes. Often, he arrives to the grim aftermath of body parts that he must also collect for the authorities to identify.

“Sometimes you think this could be the end of your life. But you have to do this because there is no one else who will,” Mr Shahwan, 42, said during a short break at Gaza City’s Tel Al Hawa neighbourhood ambulance station. (more…)

Meet rescuer Mohamad Shalouf: “I ran like I never did before”

July 13, 2014

12-11-20-09-40-55Mohammad Shallouf. Volunteer Rafah

“The Israeli occupation sows death and PRCS seeds life” by Raed Al Nems

originally posted on the PRCS website

Following a call to rescue a family whose home was bombarded on the 15th of November in Zu’rob neighborhood (South of Rafah, Gaza Strip), Mohamad Shalouf and his colleagues, were faced with a large number of injured Palestinians, mostly children.

Mohamad (27), who has been working as a volunteer with PRCS for the past 3 years, had heard all about the Israeli attack on the Strip back in 2008, but he never thought that he would find himself in the same situation, under Israeli bombardments, having to rescue victims from under the rubble. Not once did he imagine coming to the rescue of an entire family trapped under what remained of its home. (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

 

 

Originally posted on Palestine Red Crescent Society

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Damage to Red Crescent Society EMS Centre

July 10, 2014
 
Originally posted on Palestine Red Crescent Society 
 
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

UK Paramedic in Gaza: What I’ve been up to so far

April 19, 2014

Originally posted at Paramedics in Gaza

I’ve been in Gaza for nearly six weeks now, and I’ve largely found my feet. I plan my days around when there will be electricity, know when I’m being overcharged in a taxi and can drink 3 cups of sugary tea without getting the shakes. Countless meetings are finally paying off, and possibilities for work beyond observing are beginning to appear. This week I taught a First Aid session in the remote Bedouin community in the north, which I hope to repeat. Next week I’m teaching a basic trauma First Aid course for the Palestine Trauma Centre who sponsored us to come to Gaza. I’m particularly looking forward to it as the folks at the PTC have been so welcoming and do amazing work.

Beyond that, I’m working with the Ministry of Health to develop a training around ambulance pre-alerts to the Emergency Department, and making a presentation on the use of communications equipment in the UK ambulance service for their managers. They’re looking to develop in this area, despite the blockade on GPS and most communications equipment. The time I’ve spent here and conversations I’ve had increasingly point to equipment and economic limitations as the biggest issue for the health service here, rather than any lack of knowledge or ambition. Even when the present situation makes maintaining any service at all very difficult, there is an awareness of service improvement and a desire to plan for the future. I certainly don’t envy the managers here their jobs – it makes the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) look relaxed and over-resourced. Which is saying something.

I’m also meeting with the Red Crescent ambulance service to plan some work with them. (more…)

Israeli forces injure 5 medics after ‘targeting’ Gaza ambulance

April 12, 2014

Published yesterday (updated) 12/04/2014 10:05

 

(MaanImages/file)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Five Palestinian medics suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation after Israeli forces fired a tear gas canister at their ambulance in the northern Gaza Strip, a medical official said.Spokesman for the Gaza Strip ministry of health Ashraf al-Qidra said that Israeli forces had “targeted” three military ambulances near the Eastern Cemetery east of Jabaliya.

The five medics were treated on the scene, he added.

The circumstances of the reported attack were not immediately clear.

An Israeli military spokeswoman had no information regarding the incident.

“We leave without expecting to return”: meeting the firefighters of Gaza

April 10, 2014

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Originally posted at Paramedics in Gaza

Yesterday I visited the Civil Defence Directorate, which provides the fire and rescue service in Gaza, as well as some emergency ambulances and marine rescue. These guys have a reputation as being fearless, as well as being the most vulnerable to attack during times of war. In the 2008-9 war, 13 Civil Defence workers were killed in the line of duty, with 31 injured. This includes medics killed in their ambulances by snipers and firefighters injured by secondary drone attacks while rescuing victims of the initial strikes. These risks are additional to jobs which are considered dangerous even in peaceful countries like the UK and USA.

I found out plenty about the Civil Defence’s ambulance service, including interviewing staff and looking around muralthe ambulances and equipment stores, but I’m going to save that for a later post and just write about the firefighters. In the UK, the ambulance service and fire service are separate so please forgive any ignorance about the equipment and vehicles I saw. I knew they were fire engines because they were big and red, and I knew it was a fire station because there were some weights in the corner and a ping pong table. Beyond that, it was all new to find out. (more…)