Regarding use of ambulances by Palestinian terrorists:http://www.standwithus.com/pdfs/flyers/UNAmbulance.pdfhttp://image.thelancet.com/extras/02art8008web.pdf
I would especially recomment reading the lancet article.
Use of Ambulances by Palestinian Terrorists
• April 12, 2002: New York Times: “The Israeli police said today that they had found a belt with explosives in a Palestinian ambulance during a check at a roadblock inside the West Bank. The ambulance was headed toward Israel with the body of a Palestinian man, the police said, and they found the device alongside him. It was the second time in two weeks that Israel has reported finding explosives in an ambulance.”
• February 5, 2002: Haaretz: Wafa Idris, the Ramallah woman killed when a bomb she carried into downtown Jerusalem exploded last month, reached the capital by a Red Crescent ambulance... One Israeli was killed and more than 100 wounded in the bombing
• June 30, 2002: Associated Press: “In Ramallah, Israeli troops stopped two Palestinian ambulances and found 27 people packed inside - ten of them suspected of involvement in shooting or bombing attacks.”
• October 31, 2000: IDF: “Shots were fired at Psagot from inside the Red Crescent building in Ramallah. In another instance, shots were fired at Psagot from a Red Crescent ambulance as it traveled towards Psagot. In both cases, the IDF did not return fire.”
• April 25, 2002 Jerusalem Post: “Reserve soldiers apprehended a wanted terrorist who was hiding in an ambulance that was stopped during a routine check near Kalkilya.”
• January 30, 2002 The IDF reports it captured a terrorist on the wanted list at a roadblock at Har Bracha. “He was disguised as a doctor and attempted to pass through in a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance.”
• June 10, 2002 Haaretz: “In the Gaza Strip, soldiers arrested a wanted militant who was traveling in a Palestinian ambulance at the Gush Katif junction. The troops became suspicious after noticing that there were no medical personnel or injured persons in the vehicle.”
• March 4, 2002 IDF: “During the activity of IDF forces in the Jenin refugee camp, a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance charged an IDF force. The force opened small arms fire at the ambulance, which exploded.”
• April 16, 2003 IDF Radio reported this afternoon that an Israeli Border Policeman was lightly wounded by a Palestinian terrorist who opened fire at a patrol of Border Police in Jenin. “The terrorist opened fire from within an ambulance as it passed near the patrol and then drove away.”
• October 30, 2003 The Jerusalem Times (Palestinian newspaper): In Nablus, troops stormed Rafidiyeh Hospital and arrested Jawad Ishtayeh, 27, a member of the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, a splinter group with links to Fateh. The military said troops found the Ishatayeh, hiding in the hospital’s cellar and armed with a pistol. The army said the man was healthy, and Palestinian security sources said the man was not a patient.
• March 26, 2002: IDF: Soldiers at a mobile roadblock today captured a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance driver who was transporting an explosive belt of the type detonated by suicide bombers. The ambulance was stopped and searched between Nablus and Ramallah, and soldiers found the explosive belt under a stretcher upon which a Palestinian boy was lying. The boy’s family was with him in the ambulance. The ambulance driver, Islam Jibril, a resident of the Balata refugee camp near Nablus, told interrogators he received the belt from Muhammad Titti, a senior Tanzim activist close to Palestinian Authority West Bank security chief Marwan Barghouti [Marwan Bargouti is a relative of Mustafa Barghouti. Islam Jibril has also confessed to smuggling weapons on several occasions. On one ambulance run he transported a sack filled with rifles from Balata to Ramallah, where he delivered them to the chief administrator of Sheykh Zayed Hospital.]
• March 27, 2002: An intensive care ambulance carrying a wanted terrorist, an explosive belt and explosive devices was intercepted at an Israeli army checkpoint south of Ramallah. The explosive belt was found hidden underneath a stretcher on which a Palestinian sick child was lying. Also present during the incident were the sick child's relatives – a man, a woman and three children. The driver was Islam Jibril , a Fatah-Tanzim operative and wanted terrorist, who was employed as ambulance driver for the Palestinian Red Crescent. During his interrogation, Jibril admitted having received the bombing devices from Mahmud al-Titi , with the assignment to deliver them to other Fatah- Tanzim operatives in Ramallah.
Abuse of ambulance and medical services by Palestinian terrorists has been in the news again recently, as the lives of an UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees) ambulance team were threatened as they were forced to comply with the demand to transport three Palestinian terrorists to a hospital.
Throughout the last few years, there have been many recorded instances of ambulances, which should be used for protecting the sick, being used as a means to transport terrorists or bombs into Israel . The terrorists exploit the ambulances' relative freedom of passage through Israeli army checkpoints, for the purpose of perpetrating terror activities against Israel . Under these circumstances, Israel must protect its citizens and carry out thorough searches of ambulances.
Examples of abuse of ambulances and medical services
On 25 May 2004 , Israeli police uncovered a network that smuggled Palestinian Authority officers into Israel in fake ambulances. 1 The officers included members of PA Chairman Yasser Arafat's elite Force 17 personal protection unit. The police arrested a resident of Azzariyeh, suspected of posing as an ambulance driver and infiltrating dozens of Palestinians disguised as sick patients into Israel . The ‘patients' were hooked up to medical devices inside the ambulances and presented soldiers or police officers with forged documents at Israeli checkpoints. Police said it is possible the ring has smuggled terrorists into Israel using the same method. 2
On 11 May 2004, during the Israeli army operation in the Zeitun neighbourhood of Gaza City, armed Palestinian terrorists overtook an UNRWA ambulance, forcing the ambulance team - a driver and a paramedic - to drive a wounded gunman, as well as two others carrying weapons, to a hospital in Gaza City. UNRWA later issued a statement condemning the incident “in the strongest possible terms” and imploring all parties in Gaza to respect the neutrality of its ambulance service. A UN spokesman further reiterated that “while its [UNRWA's] ambulances do not make any distinction between the injured, whether they are injured fighters or non-combatants, at no time and under no circumstances should armed men enter any UNRWA vehicle.” 3
It was later reported that Reuters had filmed the incident by video, but the footage was only aired two weeks later on Israel 's Channel 10 television. 4 The pictures clearly show armed Palestinians boarding a UN-marked ambulance, with a UN flag displayed on it, and fleeing the scene. 5
Rashed Tarek al-Nimr, a Palestinian chemist working in Nablus and Bethlehem hospitals, was arrested in November 2003 for smuggling chemicals that he obtained from the hospitals to Hamas for the purpose of creating bombs. He told the Shin Bet that he used ambulances as a cover to transfer the chemicals, such as hydrogen peroxide to make TATP, which have been used several times by Hamas in suicide bombings. 6
On 8 May 2003 , Amer Nayef Amer Hilwan and his female companion, Zuhur Hamdan, were arrested on their way to perpetrate a suicide bombing attack in Petah Tikva. Under interrogation, Hilwan admitted that the two had passed through the IDF checkpoints using an ambulance, which was not checked by IDF soldiers. 7
Nidal Abd al-Fatah Abdallah Nazal, a Hamas operative from Qalqiliya who worked as an UNRWA ambulance driver, was arrested in August 2002 and admitted during questioning that he had used an UNWRA ambulance to transport arms to terrorists and to transmit messages to and from Hamas activists in different places. 8
In March 2002, an explosive belt was found in a Red Crescent ambulance at a checkpoint near Ramallah. The bomb, the same type generally used in suicide bombings, was hidden under a stretcher on which a sick child was lying. The driver, Islam Jibril, admitted that the belt was intended to be used for a suicide bombing and that this was not the first time that an ambulance had been used to transport explosives or terrorists. 9
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in reaction that it was “shocked and dismayed” at the incident and that it “condemns such abuse of an ambulance and of the Red Crescent emblem”. The ICRC called for Palestinian “respect of the ambulances' medical mission.” 10
On 27 January 2002 , Wafa Idris, a Red Crescent worker, blew herself up in the centre of Jerusalem , killing one man and injuring 140 others. An IDF investigation revealed that the attack was planned by other Red Crescent workers and it is believed that a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance transported the bomber into Israel . 11
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