According to Palestine Red Crescent Society PRCS, the Israeli invasion of Rafah on 9-11th October 2003 resulted in the following:
* 20 homes partially destroyed, leaving 35 families without safe shelter.
* The destruction of the water and sanitation network, in addition to electricity and phone lines.
* Many streets dug up by the bulldozers, causing difficulty in reaching casualties and families requiring assistance.
PRC Khan Younis, 5 October 2003 (18:30): The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) station received an emergency call concerning a woman suffering from pregnancy complications in East Rafah. The ambulance crew requested ICRC coordination at 20:00 o’clock. However, the ambulance couldn’t reach its destination because Israeli Army tanks were blocking the area. Then Israeli soldiers began shooting at the ambulance and it was obliged to return to the EMS station. A second attempt for ICRC coordination with the Israeli Army succeeded, but only on the condition that the woman and her family walk to a pre-determined location carrying a flashlight in order to meet up with the PRCS ambulance. When the medics began to walk to meet the woman, Israeli soldiers again started shooting at them. The medics immediately returned to the ambulance and remained near the area till 23:30. Unfortunately, they were unable to transport the women and the ambulance returned to base.
In addition to the above, the following table lists incidents of denial and delay of access during this reporting period.
· Detention of UHCC’s Ambulance for more than three hour at Howara Checkpoint
While returning to Nablus after carrying patients to Ramallah, a UHCC ambulance was kept waiting along other 6 ambulances for more than 3 hours at Howara Checkpoint, on to 12/10/2003 from 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. No apparent reasons were given for such detention.
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Care International Deliveries of Medicines
USAID, through Care International, has delivered the medical kits listed below during the period September 27th -October 10th, 03. The following tables shows deliveries of Medical Kits and other deliveries. Medical kits
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