Ma'an News Agency, Oct. 5, 2015
BETHLEHEM -- The Palestine Red Crescent Society on Sunday declared a state of emergency across the occupied Palestinian territory following an upsurge in violence by Israeli soldiers and settlers, including 14 attacks on the society's ambulances in just three days.
The society said in a statement that it was declaring a level 3 state of emergency and putting all its staff, teams and volunteers on standby.
The society decried Israeli violations of international humanitarian law, saying that in a 72-hour period, it had faced 14 attacks against its staff and vehicles "in a serious escalation of violations against PRCS, its teams and the humanitarian services they render."
Most recently, the statement said that Israeli soldiers attacked one of the society's ambulances while tending to injured Palestinians during clashes in front of al-Quds University's Abu Dis campus earlier Sunday.
Two days earlier, the statement said that Israeli forces attacked an ambulance in al-Issawiya village in occupied East Jerusalem, before they "proceeded to arrest an injured Palestinian from inside the ambulance."
Also on Friday, the windshield of another ambulance was smashed by settlers in Burin village in Nablus, preventing it from "discharging its humanitarian duty."The society said that on Saturday, five paramedics "were beaten up by soldiers in Jerusalem," while Israeli forces also attacked an ambulance crew with batons in Jerusalem's Old City.
The statement said Israeli soldiers also "severely beat another ambulance crew in Jabal Al Taweel (Al-Bireh), wounding two paramedics," afterward detaining a wounded Palestinian from the ambulance.