Palestinian Ministry of Health condemns the killing and detention of ambulance workers in West Bank

The Palestinian Ministry of Health condemned two separate incidents involving emergency medical crews operating in the West Bank on Saturday.

An ambulance driver was killed by Israeli settlers as he tried to rush injured Palestinians to safety, and another ambulance crew was detained and questioned by the Israel Defense Forces outside a West Bank hospital, according to the ministry and Palestine Red Crescent Society.

“The Ministry urgently calls on international health organizations, human rights institutions, and the International Committee of the Red Cross to urgently act to curb the escalating practices of the occupation and settlers against treatment centers and medical crews, and to allow them to perform their humanitarian duty,” the ministry said.

“The targeting of medics, ambulances, treatment centers, medical staff, obstructing their movement, and preventing them from reaching the wounded, constitutes a blatant and clear violation of international humanitarian law and international norms and treaties”, the ministry added.

(Source: CNN)