Humanitarian Safe Passage in Combat Zones in Judea and Samaria
(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)
In the course of IDF operations throughout Judea and Samaria, fierce fighting is taking place between IDF forces and Palestinian terrorist operatives. The terrorists deliberately operate from within large Palestinian population centers and therefore cause innocent civilians to be drawn into the line of fire. The IDF is doing all it can to prevent harming innocent civilians and to provide them with necessary humanitarian assistance.
The IDF Spokesperson categorically denies recent claims that it is IDF policy to hinder the movement of ambulances in combat zones. The IDF Spokesperson stresses that Israeli soldiers are explicitly instructed to allow the free passage of humanitarian assistance. It is important to note, however, that this flow of assistance is subject to the situation in the field. Unfortunately, it must be remembered that the Palestinians have on occasion used rescue and emergency vehicles for terrorist purposes.
The IDF makes a clear distinction between Palestinian terrorists, against whom Israeli is fighting, and the Palestinian civilian population that does not take part in terrorist activity.
The following are a number of measures made possible over the past few days during the course of the IDF operation, in conjunction with government activity in the territories: