Posts Tagged ‘obstruction of rescue mission’

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.


Interview with two Palestinian paramedics: “They don’t care if we are medics or not. They target everything”

June 17, 2013

16th April 2013 | International Solidarity Movement, Ramallah Team | Nabi Saleh , Occupied Palestine

M. and A. are two independent paramedics who regularly attend different protests against Israeli occupation of the West Bank. Israeli forces usually respond to Palestinian popular resistance with extreme violence, including the shooting of tear gas canisters, rubber coated steel bullets and live ammunition. Considering that injuries are very common and that the nearest hospital is usually far from the village where the protests are taking place, the presence of medical personnel in these demonstrations is essential and highly appreciated by protesters.

Last Friday, we had the opportunity to talk to M. and A. during the weekly demonstration in Nabi Saleh, which they regularly attend.

International Solidarity Movement: How long have you been volunteering as paramedics? Why did you choose to volunteer?

M: Since 2009. In the beginning I was working in a project with the Danish Red Cross Youth and then I joined the Red Crescent.

A: I have been volunteering since 2004. I do it because I like to help people and this is the way I want to do that.

ISM:  You go to a lot of demonstrations as paramedics – why do you think that these protests are important to the community and to Palestine?

Protesters marching at last Friday demonstration in Nabi Saleh (Photo by Tamimi Press)

Protesters marching at last Friday demonstration in Nabi Saleh (Photo by Tamimi Press)

M: Well it is better to do something than to do nothing. Also, when there are medics at demonstrations people have more courage to go to the front because they know that we are there to assist them in case something happens.

A: As you know, we live under occupation so people have to move and do something to end it. We have to protest and attend demonstrations anytime and anywhere…

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Activist: Ambulance stopped by soldiers in Beit Ummar

January 10, 2013

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces blocked the entrance to southern West Bank town Beit Ummar on Thursday morning, preventing an ambulance from leaving, a local activist said.

The ambulance officer informed the soldiers that the Red Crescent vehicle was taking a woman in labor and another patient to hospital in Hebron, popular committee spokesman Muhammad Ayad Awad said.

The Red Cross and the Palestinian military liaison called Israeli officials to press for the ambulance’s passage.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said the entrance was temporarily closed due to heavy snowfall, but while soldiers were clearing snow, Palestinians hurled rocks at them.

IOF hampers fire rescue mission in Jenin

April 10, 2011
[ 10/04/2011 – 09:41 AM ]

JENIN, (PIC)– The Israel occupation forces (IOF) hampered efforts to put out a fire at a commercial center in East Barta’a west of Jenin as losses mounted to more than $1.5m.

A fierce fire broke out at an East Barta’a shopping center that includes 12 stores, but rescue teams were hassled as they tried to cross a military checkpoint situated on the nearby Israeli separation wall, locals reported.

Israeli soldiers hassled the civil defense team fire trucks from Jenin to cross the point for hours despite the enormity of the fire.

The sources said the soldiers tried to deliberately delay the passage of the fire vehicles as the fire worsened and spread across nearby shops as locals were only able to control it after seven hours of burning when the rescue truck entered the town.

13/12/10: IOF block transfer of bodies

January 1, 2011

(Originally posted on the Palestinian Information Centre website)

“GAZA, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) are still preventing Palestinian ambulances from transferring the bodies of Palestinian fighters who were killed last night east of Al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza Strip. (more…)

Israeli Army Obstructs Firefighters

May 31, 2010

15th April 2010

Israel’s blockage of fire and rescue crews increased the amount of fire damage at Jenin.

(JENIN, West Bank) – Palestinian sources reported Thursday that after several storehouses for households and sponge products caught on fire, the Israeli army obstructed Palestinian firefighters and rescue teams from reaching the area; an issue that increased the damage and losses.

The storehouses that belong to merchants Omar Fathi Amour and Khaled Al Nabulsy, are located in Barta’a village surrounded by the Annexation Wall near the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Majdi Qabha, head of the Barta’a Village Council, stated that the residents rushed to the scene and managed, later on, to put the fire off, but as firefighters were not allowed through, the losses were estimated by 1 Million NIS.

Qabha added that the residents initially called Israeli firefighters as the station is close to the village but the Israeli army prevented them from crossing into the Palestinian village.

Later on, Palestinian firefighters were informed of the fire who rushed to the scene and managed to control the fire.

Israeli troops fire at Palestinian paramedics in northern Gaza Strip

February 24, 2010

extract from PCHR weekly report 18/2-23/2/10

Sunday, 21 February 2010

At approximately 10:50, Israeli troops stationed at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, to the north of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, fired an artillery shell at the Bourat Abu Samra area in the north of the town, approximately 400 meters from the border. Palestinian ambulances rushed to the area to evacuate any possible casualties. As medical crews were searching for casualties, Israeli troops fired at them. No casualties were reported.