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Israel forces assault Palestinian paramedics as they tend to injured youths

Israeli soldiers assault Palestinian paramedics as they tend to the unarmed protesters who had been shot in the occupied West Bank town of Al-Bireh on 12 March 2018

March 15, 2018 at 10:55 am

Video captured on Monday shows Israeli occupation forces assaulting Palestinian medics in the central occupied West Bank city of Al-Bireh as they were attempting to aid a Palestinian who had been shot during protests in the area.

The four paramedics, including one woman, were identified as Nisreen Amireh, Ayman Qurt, Attiyeh Al-Dweik and Muhammad Omar.

Witnesses told Ma’an that after the injured Palestinian, whose identity remains unknown, was shot, another youth attempted to help him when Israeli soldiers attacked them, injuring both in attempts to detain them.

The four paramedics who were on the scene as volunteers were beaten, pushed and allegedly threatened by soldiers. Soldiers then opened live fire above their heads.

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Despite being beaten and pushed around, video of the assault shows the medics repeatedly attempting to rescue the injured youth.

The three male paramedics were able to free one of the two youth and transfer him to a nearby ambulance, while Amireh, 19, remained behind, fighting off two soldiers in an attempt to save the second youth.

Amireh managed to hold the soldiers off until her colleagues returned and helped her rescue the second youth.

“This is my third injury during my job, but that will not stop us from doing our humanitarian work,” she said.