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Gaza: Six killed in Israel attack on Red Crescent ambulance

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society on Wednesday said six people were killed after Israeli forces targeted their ambulance on Salah al-Din Street at the entrance to Deir el-Balah, Central Gaza.

“Among them are four PRCS EMS team members: ambulance driver Yusuf Abu Ma’mar, paramedic Fadi Fuad Al-Maani, Islam Abu Riyala (first responder), and Fuad Abu Khamash (volunteer photographer).

Two individuals who were in the ambulance at the time of the targeting sustained injuries and were later killed, PRCS stated.

PRCS volunteer and photographer Fuad Abu Khammash was among the four killed.

“They were martyred while wearing the emblem Red Crescent emblem, which is supposed to be protected according to international law,” PRCS said in a post on X.

“Our colleagues were intentionally targeted while inside an ambulance clearly marked with the Red Crescent emblem.”

In Deir el-Balah, Israeli forces bombarded a house adjacent to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in central Gaza, where more than 40 were killed and wounded.

The area was designated as “safe” by the Israeli army.

The Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip said that 23,357 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli attacks since October 7. At least 59,410 others have been wounded.

In the past 24 hours, the ministry said 147 Palestinians were killed and 243 wounded.

About 8,000 are missing under the rubble and presumed to be dead, but are not counted as part of the official death toll.

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