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Ambulance Hijack

The Jerusalem Post reports:

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in the Palestinian territories has issued a call to all parties in the conflict to respect the integrity of its ambulance service after an incident on Tuesday in which armed Palestinian combatants threatened the lives of an UNRWA ambulance team (a driver and a paramedic) and forced them to transport an injured gunman and two of his armed colleagues to a hospital in Gaza City.

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In the past three-and-a-half years the army has witnessed a growing trend in the cynical use of Palestinian medical crews and ambulances by terrorist organizations who operate within populated civilian areas, use ambulances to transport weapons and fugitives and seek refuge in hospitals in an attempt to evade inspection by IDF troops.

I assume that by issuing a call to all parties in the conflict, UNRWA are implicitly criticizing Israel’s routine stopping and checking of ambulances at roadblocks. Which is really daft, considering it is this exact kind of incident which underscores why we need to check the ambulances to begin with.

Then again, we are dealing with a UN agency.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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