January 21, 2019

Palestinian Rioters Appear to Be Transported and Protected By Ambulances

The Israel Defense Force (IDF) is claiming that ambulances were used to transport and protect Palestinian rioters, and there is video evidence to substantiate their claim.

Here is the video showing the rioters being dropped from a Palestinian Red Crescent Society ambulance to a riot in Ramallah:

The IDF also took photos of Palestinian rioters throwing rocks at IDF soldiers from behind an ambulance on Saturday, seemingly used the shield as a shield against the IDF.

“The rioters knew that security forces in the field would not employ riot dispersal tactics against an ambulance, and they used it to harm the forces while shielding themselves,” the IDF said in a statement.

Yoav Mordechai, the major general of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) wrote a letter to the International Committee of the Red Cross demanding that “the incident be investigated,” as the Palestinian Red Crescent claims to be “neutral” in Israeli-Palestinian disputes.

The Palestinian Red Crescent is denying that their ambulances were used in riots, issuing photographs to substantiate their claim that one of the masked rioters was a girl in need of medical help.

“PRCS affirms that it abides and shall always abide by its fundamental principles in general, and the principles of neutrality and impartiality in particular,” the organization said on Facebook. “PRCS affirms that it has done nothing but discharge its humanitarian mission and provide treatment to those who need it.”

However, the Palestinian Red Crescent did not explain what the other two rioters were doing in ambulance.

There have been prior instances of ambulances being used to aid and abet terrorists, as outlined here and here.

Times of Israel Middle Easy Analyst Avi Issachoroff has previously written that the Palestinian Authority and Fatah were involved in organizing the “Days of Rage” riots that were launched in response to President Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.