IFRC calls for absolute protection of Red Crescent volunteers, staff, facilities and property in Gaza

Publié: 5 août 2014 16:01 CET


5 August 2014 - Geneva/Ramallah – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is calling all parties to the conflict to guarantee the safety of humanitarian workers and volunteers after a Palestine Red Crescent Society compound in Khan Younis came under attack. 250 people were sheltering in the compound during the strike. Five people were injured.

Since the outbreak of hostilities in the Gaza Strip, two members of the Palestine Red Crescent Society have been killed, and more than 46 emergency workers injured. And despite clearly displaying the protective emblems of the Red Crescent, 27 ambulances have been damaged or destroyed in recent weeks.

Staff and volunteers in the occupied Palestine territory are undertaking vital humanitarian work. They are working to protect the lives of civilians – who make up a disproportionately large number of casualties in this conflict – in the spirit of the Movement’s Fundamental Principles.

The IFRC and ICRC remind all parties of their obligation to respect and protect medical personnel, ambulances and facilities, as provided for under international humanitarian law. The parties to the conflict must ensure that medical personnel are not endangered or harmed, and hospitals and ambulances not attacked, damaged or misused.