- Two Palestinian Children Die in Fire, as Israeli Soldiers Stop Firetrucks at Checkpoint for 20 Minutes
by Kate, https://mondoweiss.net/
Two children die in house fire after army delayed fire trucks
IMEMC 6 Mar — The mayor of Hebron, Taysir Abu Sneina, held the Israeli army responsible for the death of two children, who died in a fire in their home, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, after the military delayed Palestinian fire trucks and Red Crescent ambulances, at two roadblocks in the city. Spokesperson of the Palestinian Police in the occupied West Bank, Lieutenant Luay Zreiqat, said a child, identified as Wa‘el Rajabi,four years old, and his infant sister, Malak, 18 months of age, died in the fire. Lieutenant Zreiqat added that a third brother of the two deceased siblings suffered serious burns and remains in a critical condition [he has since died]. The house is in an area that is under full Israeli control and separated by the rest of the occupied city by many military roadblocks. Hebron Fire Chief, Ayman Nassereddin, said that the fire department received a call at 10:35 on Tuesday at night, regarding a fire at the Palestinian house, in the Old City of Hebron. Nassereddin added that the fire trucks, and ambulances, were instantly dispatched to the scene, but the soldiers stopped them on two different military roadblocks; one is called 160, and the other is Ja’abra roadblock. He also stated that the Palestinian District Coordination Office contacted the Israeli counterpart, and it took at least twenty minutes for the fire trucks and the ambulances to be allowed through.
Toddler succumbs to burn injuries after Israeli military block fire brigade
HEBRON (WAFA) 8 Mar – A Palestinian toddler succumbed to his severe burns two days after Israeli forces blocked the entry of a fire brigade to rescue a Palestinian family trapped in their burning house in the Old City of Hebron. Police spokesman Loai Irzeiqat confirmed that the three-year-old toddler succumbed to his severe burns he sustained two days ago in a blaze at al-Rajabi’s house in al-Salaymeh neighborhood of Hebron city after Israeli forces prevented a Palestinian fire brigade from reaching the scene and containing the fire in time. The fire has claimed the life of two other toddlers. Four-year-old Wael Rajabi was burned to death in the fire, and his 18-month-old sister, Malak, succumbed to her burns after receiving treatment at the nearby Hebron government hospital. A videofilmed at the scene shows a fire engine trying to drive down a narrow street when it was stopped by a roadblock. The local residents pleaded to the Israeli soldiers to “open the gate quickly, for the children.” However, the Israeli soldiers did not yield to the onlookers’ pleas, delaying the emergency services’ response and preventing them from reaching the property.