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Red Cross accuses Israeli forces of killing two ambulance workers

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 30 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1140
  1. Merav Sarig
  1. 1Jerusalem

The Red Cross has accused the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) of killing two crew members of a Palestinian Red Crescent Society ambulance on 5 November. The incident occurred during an IDF attack on missile launchers while the crew attempted to evacuate wounded civilians in Gaza.

The statement of censure issued by the International Committee of the Red Cross said that at the time of the incident the members of the ambulance crew “were wearing clearly marked fluorescent jackets” designed to protect them. Moreover, “the ambulance's siren was on and its flashing lights were visible at a great distance,” which should have prevented the IDF from shooting in their direction. …

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