As the security situation in the Occupied Palestine Territories and Israel continues to deteriorate, Red Cross Red Crescent staff and volunteers in the region are helping people in need.
Israel’s Magen David Adom and the Palestine Red Crescent are providing support to the victims of airstrikes, rocket firings, and other hostilities.
In the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, the Palestine Red Crescent has been at the forefront of operations since the beginning of the crisis. Red Crescent hospitals, clinics, staff and volunteers are delivering emergency medical care to the wounded and evacuating residents to safer locations. Red Crescent teams have provided first aid and transportation to more than 2,425 injured and have helped move 109 dead bodies. The Red Crescent has 170 trained psychologists who are on-call in Gaza to provide trauma support to the particularly vulnerable, such as children.
Staff and volunteers often work under challenging and dangerous conditions. The Red Crescent’s Emergency Medical Service station at the Gebalaya branch recently was hit, resulting in 12 staff injured and three damaged ambulances. An ambulance was also hit while the medical teams were transporting injured people in the Gaza Strip.
In Israel, Magen David Adom’s ambulance teams are responding to rocket attacks by providing first aid, medical care and transportation as needed, as well as psychosocial support to victims. Since July 7, Magen David Adom has provided medical treatment to more than 250 people, including 75 patients with shrapnel injuries, and 180 people with stress-related reactions. Meanwhile, the society has increased blood service operations, ensuring that hospitals have sufficient supply. More than 1,000 ambulances and emergency vehicles are on standby ready to respond. In addition, staff and volunteers are offering first aid training to the public and have distributed first aid kits to some 80 public shelters as part of its preparedness initiatives.
Magen David Adom has provided ambulance transport for critical patients transferred from Gaza. On July 10, a Palestine Red Crescent team transported a newborn baby with congenital heart disease by ambulance from a hospital in Gaza for lifesaving treatment. Magen David Adom carried the infant from the Erez crossing by ambulance to a hospital in Tel Aviv, where he is receiving treatment.