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Safeguarding Healthcare Monthly News Brief - Attacks on healthcare, October 2018

Situation Report
Originally published


Threats and violence affecting emergency care


South Africa

06 October 2018: In Mthatha town, King Sabata Dalindyebo municipality, two unidentified gunmen hijacked an ambulance with a driver still in it parked outside the Libode Clinic. Hours later, the police found the driver tied up in a forest and the ambulance abandoned nearby. Source:
Sowetan Live


The Philippines

02 October 2018: In Polomolok municipality, South Cotabato province, two unidentified gunmen stopped a moving ambulance and shot dead a patient on board after asking for his name. A stay bullet also hit and wounded the driver.
Source: Inquirer

Middle-East and North Africa

Occupied Palestinian Territories

05 October 2018: In the Gaza Strip, a paramedic was shot and critically injured by the IDF while attending to another victim of IDF shooting. Source: ACLED

27 October 2018: In Jabalia city, Gaza, amid a large-scale aerial attack, Israeli warplanes bombed the Indonesian Hospital with health workers and Medical Emergency Rescue Committee volunteers inside it, damaging several of its rooms, including the intensive care unit, and causing a power shutdown.
Sources: Russia Today and Tempo

Syrian Arab Republic

02 October 2018: In Basira town, Deir ez-Zor governorate, a bomb of unknown origin planted under an ambulance exploded and caused damage to the vehicle. Source: SOHR