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Activists to accompany ambulance crews in Gaza

Published: Fri 2 Jan 2009 04:22 PM
International Human Rights Activists to accompany ambulance crews in Gaza
For Immediate Release:
Since an air raid by the Israeli Air Force lead to the injury of one
and death of another Palestinian doctor on December 30th,
International Solidarity Movement and Free Gaza Movement volunteers
will be accompanying medical teams throughout the Gaza Strip.
A press conference was held today to announce the new task the
international volunteers will take on, starting January 1, 2009.
In an effort to document the war crimes being committed by the Israeli
military operation in Gaza, the internationals will be joining Gazan
medical teams in shifts, both governmental and NGO hospitals.
Volunteers expressed their concerns about the violation of Articles 19
and 21 of the Geneva Convention, which state that medical facilities
and vehicles are to be protected from warfare.
“Attacking a medical team is in clear violation of the Geneva
Conventions. External communities must apply pressure for Israel to
cease their illegal actions. The voices of the international public
condemning these attacks must continue until heard by Israel. We
strongly urge Israel to end their attacks on medical personnel.”
Sharon Lock - International Solidarity Movement (ISM)
“The Israeli siege on Gaza has significantly diminished the essential
medical supplies necessary to treat the wounded. Recent attacks on the
limited medical tools available to the Gazan people are not only in
violation of international conventions, but ensure that even fewer
will receive vital medical treatment. We urge Israel to stop their
attacks of medical personnel and facilities.” Ewa Jasiewicz - Free
Gaza Movement
ENDS

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