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Palestinian Red Crescent: 520 Israeli assaults on medics and ambulances in 2007

Jan. 5, 2008 2:56 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 5, 2008 2:56 P.M.)
Nablus - Ma'an - Palestinian medical staff were subject to 520 assaults by Israeli forces and settlers during 2007, the Palestinian Red Crescent said on Saturday.

They said in a statement that the assaults ranged from being shot to verbal abuse. The Red Crescent Society also reported numerous incidents of Israeli soldiers preventing Palestinian medical staff from evacuating injured Palestinians.

The statement said that all 520 assaults were violations of international law.

36 incidents of direct shooting and physical attacks on medics and ambulances in cities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, resulted in the injury of 13 medics. A Palestinian citizen died at the Tunnels checkpoint near Bethlehem in the southern West Bank on June 29th after the Israeli soldiers manning the checkpoint denied him entry to hospital in Jerusalem. Sixteen ambulances were damaged in 2007 and one was completely destroyed.

The overall number of assaults on medics and ambulances in 2007 has almost doubled compared with 2005 and 2006.

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