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UHWC ambulance shelled, health workers injured
Soumis par Bert De Belder le dim, 04/01/2009 - 12:15.
I just received a mail message from Evelyn Lernout, representative of Oxfam in the West Bank. She just got a phone call fr om the (Union of Health Work Committees) in Gaza. One of the four ambulances of the UHWC was hit during the Israeli shelling on Beit Lahiya on January 3, while trying to evacuate injured people. The driver (shrapnel in the head) and 2 paramedics (in critical condition) were wounded. At the moment of the phone call, both paramedics were in the operating theatre, one lost his right leg,... Their names: Ala' Sarhan and Arafa' Abdi Daim (the paramedics) and Khalid Sa'ada (the driver). Needless to say, targeting medical vehicles and personnel constitutes a violation of the Geneva Conventions on international humanitarian law.
Following these Israeli attacks on ambulances and medical personnel, and as this has not been the first such attack over the past days, in Ramallah a demonstration was held by the Palestinian health sector (governmental, private and NGOs) against the targetting of medical personnel, vehicals and infrastructure. UHWC-Gaza's emergency work (including ambulance
services) is supported by Oxfam and Medical Aid for the Third World thanks to a donation of the Belgian Government.
- BertDe Belder