Nile, occupied by the West Bank – Basem Sadaka points to a bullet hole in the door of the driver of his ambulance, which is tangible evidence that he says that the regular case of Palestinian paramedics is “regularly targeted” by Israeli forces.
The father of five lives in Nilin and has been working for the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) for 20 years.
“At first I thought the ambulance was stoned until I saw the hole. The shooting was not an accident. The Israeli soldiers were aiming to direct the ambulance as I stood next to it. And this is not the first time my ambulance has been targeted. ”
On this day, Sadaqa and his Palestinian nurses were at the forefront of the fight to save lives, rushing wounded protesters to hospitals half an hour away.
Palestinian villagers protesting against the illegal construction of another Israeli outpost on their village land clashed with Israeli settlers, resulting in violence and numerous injuries.
Nililin is an agricultural village with a population of more than 6,000, who mainly make their living by farming 17 km from the main occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.
The people living there are fighting for the lands left in the village to be alienated by Israeli illegal settlements and outposts with constant encroachment. They are now surrounded by illegal Israeli settlements in the Northeast, Modi’in Illit. South
According to the Israeli government, the Palestine Liberation Organization in 1993. Under the Oslo Accords, 93 percent of the village’s 15,000 dunams (1,500 hectares) were designated as Area C, which makes up 60 percent of the West Bank, and falls under full Israeli control.
Israel restricts Palestinian construction in much of Area C; reserves area for settlement expansion, which is illegal under international law.
“Increase in the use of live ammunition”
Last Friday, the main day of protests in the West Bank, Al Jazeera was accompanied by an ambulance, 50-year-old Yad Yad Abu Latifa from the Qalandiya refugee camp, and Said Suleiman, 40, from the village of al-Midya near Niilin.
A resident of a nearby outpost was moving his cattle to graze in Palestinian lands, leading to two days of protests as settlers stormed a village, set fire to fields, damaged Palestinian vehicles, and hundreds of Palestinians gathered to try to push them back.
One of the wounded was the mayor of Nilin Emad Khavaya, who was shot in the leg by Israeli troops.
“Eleven people were wounded in the first four live bullets on the second day of the clashes. “We have recently seen an increase in the use of live ammunition against demonstrators,” said Khalayan.
“The bullet will stay in my leg for life, because trying to remove it would do more harm than good.”
As the number of casualties increased, this ambulance swerved rapidly along the winding road, along narrow roads in the hills and valleys, making two trips from Niilin to Ramallah Hospital.
Abu Latifa, a five-year paramedic and 17-year volunteer at SCR, a father of eight, told Al Jazeera that although his job was dangerously stressful, he felt it helped best when he saw it firsthand over the years. Wounds inflicted on the Palestinians բաց Lack of quality medical care.
“During the protests in the First Intifada, Israeli soldiers broke bones and threw themselves on the roadside, while a passing driver took me to a hospital where I was unconscious for two days,” said Abu Latifa.
1987-1993 During the first Palestinian Intifada, the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin ordered Israeli soldiers to break the arms and legs of Palestinians to prevent them from throwing stones as protests spread along the occupied Jordan River in Gaza, a move that sparked international outrage.
“This was a good enough incentive for me to go and train so that I could give people first aid and take them to the hospital,” said Abu Khalifa.
“Ier Invor hit me on the head with a gun”
Sadaka said that while on the field, he tries to stay calm, ignore stress, and focus on treating his patients as well as possible.
“One of the other problems we face is that soldiers refuse to approach ambulances for the seriously injured or stop ambulances trying to transport the wounded to the hospital. Sometimes our patients are taken out of the ambulance,” he said.
He is not alone in that experience.
One of Abu Khalifa’s worst attempts was to reach a Palestinian demonstrator in the village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah, who was shot in the side and left the neck.
The young man was wounded from a distance when Israeli soldiers used violence against protesters in the village, but troops prevented paramedics from approaching the severely wounded youth, who later died.
“It is especially difficult to travel at night to bring the sick, when there is no one, no journalist is there to see what is happening,” said Abu Khalifa.
“Recently I traveled to the village of Kubar near Ramallah to evacuate a young man who had been shot in the leg by soldiers. But as I was trying to get him into an ambulance, a soldier hit me in the back of the head with his M-16. [assault rifle],
“After that, I called to send մեկ After an hour of negotiations with the Israeli liaison office, we were allowed to evacuate the patient.”
When the mother entered, Խ Abu Khalifa և Suleiman’s shift was over, the ambulance returned to Ramallah with the exhausted paramedics, satisfied that they had done everything possible to save lives.