Posts Tagged ‘rescuer targetted’

Gaza under attack – a UK paramedic’s perspective

July 11, 2014



originally posted here

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



Originally posted on Palestine Red Crescent Society


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

Israeli forces injure 5 medics after ‘targeting’ Gaza ambulance

April 12, 2014

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


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.

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…)

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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21/11/12 Gaza Medics: the danger of a second strike during rescue

November 21, 2012

Clip from NTDTV