(Al-Bireh - 16/12/2018): PRCS’ Emergency Medical Teams provided emergency care to approximately 451 Palestinians wounded in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as a result of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli occupation forces during the period from 13-15 December 2018.
(Al Bireh - 13/12/2018): The Palestine Red Crescent Society has cancelled the main ceremony marking its 50th anniversary which was due to be held on Thursday, December 12, 2018 at 18:00 at its headquarters in Al-Bireh.
(Al-Bireh – 14/11/2018): PRCS’ EMTs evacuated seven martyrs and provided emergency medical care to 22 Palestinians wounded as a result of Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip over the past three days.
In coordination with ICRC, the Society’s Disaster Management Team surveyed homes damaged during the shelling of the Gaza Strip. Damages were assessed and needs identified with a view to providing relief aid to affected families.
By: Ra’ed Al Nims
The peaceful March of Return protests started at the end of March 2018 along Gaza’s borders with Israel, triggering a heavy Israeli military response against unarmed civilians and causing much suffering. This extremely tense situation has forced PRCS to maintain high readiness levels in order to intervene at all times and to assist the wounded.
(Jerusalem - 7/8/2018): The Qatar Red Crescent Society recently donated two state-of-the-art and fully equipped ambulances to PRCS’ branch in Jerusalem thus raising the number of ambulances operated by the branch to 16. This donation will help enhance emergency services offered to Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem and neighboring areas as well as to all Palestinians receiving treatment in Jerusalem hospitals.
The Society’s Emergency Medical Centre in occupied Jerusalem deals on average with 650 emergencies every month.
By: Ra’ed al Nims
Ahmad Yihya Awad (28) carries out voluntary work for Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip. Since the beginning of peaceful protests known as the March of Return a few months ago, Ahmad has been evacuating and assisting Palestinian casualties along Gaza’s eastern borders alongside other PRCS’ volunteers and emergency medical technicians (EMTs). What Ahmad sees in the line of duty causes him great distress, as well as mixed feeling of sadness, fear, satisfaction and happiness.
(Al-Bireh - 22/5/2018): PRCS’ Psychosocial Support Team offered Psychological First Aid (PFA) to more than 6000 persons in the Gaza Strip during the period from March 30, when protests known as the March of Return began, to the 15th of May.
As clashes between Palestinian protestors and Israeli occupation forces intensified on the Strip’s borders, the Team offered PFA to 2617 wounded Palestinians and medical service providers, including EMTs, doctors, nurses and volunteers, as well as to 3674 of their relatives and accompanying persons.
(Al Bireh - 13/5/2018): PRCS’ Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs) attended to about 603 Palestinians wounded in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as occupation forces cracked down on protesters taking part in the March of Return on Friday 11 May,2108.
PRCS’ teams provided first aid services to 512 casualties in the Gaza Strip alone, including 123 Palestinians shot with live ammunition, 232 tear gas suffocation cases, , 103 tear gas canister wounds and 54 other casualties caused by shells, burns, falls and shrapnel.
(Al Bireh - 28/4/2018): PRCS’ Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs) attended to about 721 Palestinians wounded in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as occupation forces cracked down on protesters taking part in the March of Return on Friday and Saturday April 27, 2018.
PRCS’ teams provided first aid services to 624 casualties in the Gaza Strip alone, including 106 Palestinians shot with live ammunition, 369 tear gas suffocation cases, 1 rubber bullet wound, 71 tear gas canister wounds and 77 other casualties caused by shells, burns, falls and shrapnel.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS)
The Palestine Red Crescent Society, officially founded in 1968, is a national humanitarian organization. Since its establishment, it caters to the health and welfare of the Palestinian people and others in need in the OPT and the Diaspora. PRCS has 4,200 employees in oPt (West Bank and Gaza Strip), Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Iraq in addition to its volunteer network of more than 20,000 people.