Four paramedics have been killed in Gaza on Wednesday, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS).
Israel “directly targeted a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance in northern Gaza” on Wednesday, killing paramedics Khalil Al-Sharif, Yasser Al-Masri and Ahmed Dahman, a PRCS statement reads. The Palestinian news agency WAFA said the attack happened when “an Israeli aircraft bombed their ambulance in the northern Gaza Strip.”
A second statement from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society said paramedic Hatem Awad was also killed Wednesday “while performing his humanitarian work at the Karmi Crossing in eastern Gaza due to shelling by occupation forces.”
The four deaths happened in a 30-minute timeframe, the Palestinian Red Crescent told CNN on a phone call, adding that six other paramedics working with the Gaza Health Ministry have been killed since Saturday.
This raises the death toll of paramedics in Gaza to 10 since Israel launched military operations against the enclave following a Hamas attack on Israel on Saturday.
Some background: Palestine Red Crescent Society caters to the health and welfare of Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and refugee camps in surrounding countries. With more than 4,000 employees and 20,000 volunteers, the group provides Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in times of conflict as well as preventative, curative and rehabilitative health care. PRCS is a non-government organization that adheres to the principles of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent.