Health worker dies after shelling of ambulance in Gaza
Paramedic Arafa Abd Al-Dayim (33 years old, resident of Beit Hanoun) died around 1.45 PM, during surgery.
At approximately 10 AM one of the 4 ambulance teams of Oxfam partner UHWC (union of health work committees) in Gaza was shelled during the Israeli shelling (tank or artillery) on Beit Lahiya, while trying to evacuate an
injured person from previous bombing. The hit happened at the Western Round About in Beit Lahiya.
The UHWC-ambulance team attempted to evacuate people to Al-Awda Hospital, one of the medical facilities of UHWC in Jabiliya.
The driver Khalid Sa'ada (driver) was accompanied by 2 paramedics (Ala' Sarhan and Arafa Abd al-Dayim). The ambulance was shelled while the paramedics went just outside the ambulance to attend to an injured person.
The 3 UHWC staff were evacuated thanks to the collective effort of the MoH, Red Crescent and UHWC. They are currently in Al-Awda hospital in Jabaliya being treated for their injuries.
One of the paramedics, Arafa Abd Al-Dayim (33 years old, resident of Beit Hanoun) died around 1.45 PM, during surgery, as he suffered a direct injury to his chest, abdomen (specifically his liver was severely damaged) and
right hand. His colleagues did all they could to save him life. Arafa leaves behind a wife and 6 children.
The condition of the second paramedics remains critical: Ala' Sarhan (22 year old, single, from Jabaliya refugee camp) is suffering serious injuries in his feet and abdomen. His right foot was amputated.
Khalid Sa'ada suffered moderate head injuries for shrapnel. Khalid Sa'ada from Jabaliya refugee camp has 8 children
The UHWC ambulance is completely destroyed.