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Ambulance driver killed while helping Palestinians injured in an attack by Israeli settlers in the West Bank

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By Mia Alberti, Abeer Salman, Eyad Kourdi and Tim Lister

(CNN) — An ambulance driver from the Palestinian Red Crescent was killed on Saturday while transporting Palestinians injured in an attack by settlers in the West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

The 50-year-old driver, Mohammed Awad Allah Mohammed Musa, was killed when the ambulance was hit by gunfire, the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRCS) told CNN. Israeli settlers fired the shots, the report said.

In a separate incident, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) arrested another ambulance crew at the entrance to Thabet Thabet Hospital in Tulkarm, West Bank, the PRCS reported.

Photos shared by the organization show the ambulance crew in an IDF vehicle surrounded by IDF soldiers. PRCS says the crew was detained and interrogated while trying to carry out “humanitarian work.”

CNN has contacted the IDF for comment.

Earlier on Saturday, the IDF said security forces had killed “ten terrorists” during an ongoing operation in the Nur Shams refugee camp, just east of Tulkarm, in the occupied West Bank.

A statement said that “IDF and Israel Border Police continue their extensive counter-terrorism activities in the Nur Shams area. So far, security forces have eliminated 10 terrorists, apprehended eight wanted suspects, uncovered explosives and routes and conducted searches of buildings during encounters.”

It said eight IDF soldiers and one Border Force officer were slightly or moderately injured.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health condemned both the detention of the ambulance crew and “the deliberate killing of an ambulance driver… on Saturday evening while fulfilling his humanitarian duty in transporting (people with) injuries from settler gunfire near the town of Al- Sawiya, south of Nablus.”

The ministry said in a statement that it “urges international health organizations, human rights institutions and the International Committee of the Red Cross to take urgent action to curb the escalating practices of the occupation and settlers against treatment centers and medical teams, and to to fulfill their humanitarian duty.”

“Attacking medics, ambulances, treatment centers and medical personnel, restricting their freedom of movement and preventing them from reaching the injured constitutes a blatant and clear violation of international humanitarian law and international norms and treaties,” the ministry said.

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