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Red Crescent ambulance used to transport Palestinian ‘rioters’ to violent protest over Jerusalem

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In the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a video was posted on Twitter on Monday of “rioters” being ferried to a West Bank protest in the Palestinian city of Ramallah.

Posted by the Israel Defense Forces, young men can be seen unloading from the back of a Red Crescent ambulance — the Red Cross uses the Red Crescent name in Muslim dominant countries.

“Earlier today, near Ramallah, a Red Crescent ambulance transported Palestinian rioters to a violent protest against IDF soldiers. This is an unacceptable and dangerous violation of the trust placed in medical organizations,” the IDF tweet said.

Protesters were “disguised as wounded civilians during a violent riot,” according to The Jerusalem Post.

The photo below captured rioters wearing similar flags around their shoulders as was seen from the protesters exiting the Red Crescent ambulance.

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Israeli troops clash with Palestinians following protests against U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, sent a letter to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in the West Bank and Gaza condemning the incident, The Post Reported.

“A Red Cross ambulance was documented helping Palestinian rioters in Ramallah, under the guise of medical treatment … Sees this very seriously and demands that the case be investigated and updated on the findings,” he wrote.

“Either the Red Crescent is lying, or it has explanations to give. We are waiting for his response,” Mordechai added.

Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced the act: “An outrageous misconduct by the Palestinian Red Crescent.”

Here’s a sampling of responses from social media users speaking out against what was accurately described as an “outrageous abuse” of the Red Crescent’s protected status as a humanitarian organization.

Tom Tillison


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