Palestine Red Crescent Society on alert as violence spreads across the occupied Palestinian territory

Publicado: 21 octubre 2015 15:30 CET

By Soraya Dali-Balta, IFRC

The Palestine Red Crescent Society has raised the alert level and increased its readiness to respond to the recent increase in violence by mobilizing its volunteers, staff and ambulances to provide medical support, as well as evacuation and transportation services when needed.

In the West Bank, the society’s teams provided emergency medical services to more than 4,800 Palestinians and set up field hospitals in Al Bireh city and the village of Azoun to offer first aid services to the injured. Red Crescent volunteers also got involved in the evacuation of civilians, including students from Al Amal School in Hebron, to protect them from tear gas in the area.

In Gaza, more than 600 injured people were treated by first aid volunteers. The bodies of seven people killed in the violence were evacuated in Khan Younis and Shujayiah.

Ms Erab Fuqaha said volunteers and staff were providing humanitarian relief and assistance whenever it was needed, but that the response was taking its toll on both personnel and equipment. “65 members of the National Society have been injured in the violence and many of our vehicles have been damaged. This has resulted in delaying the arrival of aid for those in need,” she said.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society is at the forefront of humanitarian work in the occupied Palestinian territory, supporting people in times of peace and violence. While the safety of Palestine Red Crescent Society teams has become an issue of concern in recent months, the National Society is determined on being present to deliver humanitarian services wherever they are needed.