Last night, in response to reports of a serious car accident on the road toward a Palestinian area in Judea and Samaria, IDF (Zahal) paramedics sped off in order to aid the injured. Their mission came to an abrupt halt, however, when they were attacked; a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the ambulance they were riding in. Undeterred, they continued on their mission: to provide emergency care to all residents of Judea and Samaria, whether Israeli or Palestinian.
The IDF (Zahal) paramedics serving in the unit that was attacked study in a fourteen-month-long intensive course. During the course, they are prepared to work in relatively dangerous areas. The paramedics must take appropriate precautions in order to ensure that their potential patients are not, in fact, terrorists: they must wear helmets and flak jackets to protect themselves.
They cooperate with both Israeli and Palestinian rescue services throughout Judea and Samaria and are responsible for ensuring the health and welfare of all those residing in the area. IDF (Zahal) paramedics will treat victims of car accidents on the main road leading to Palestinian towns, and often residents of those towns will go outside the city limits to receive medical attention.
It was on just such a mission, to provide medical care irrespective of whether the patient is Israeli or Palestinian, that the IDF (Zahal) paramedics were attacked last night.