Testimony Num : 28

It was then clear that they had cynically used the ambulance to escape

We knew there were armed men in that building and we made preparations accordingly. Suddenly, we spotted an ambulance driving fast from the building.

The following events took place in 2002 during Operation Defensive Shield where I served in Egoz infantry unit. Our mission was to enter the Muqata’a in Ramallah, which was Yasser Arafat’s center of government at that time. We arrived at Bet-El, and from there we continued by foot with the other forces. Our objective was to take control of a tall building near the Muqata’a.

It was a rainy night, with hail coming down, not nice weather at all, therefore the walk took us a long time. We located the house from the outskirts of town and our lookout spotted armed men inside. We and another platoon were supposed to take control of that house and the building next to it. The other platoon went in before us and we waited for them to signal us once they were done before entering ourselves, to avoid friendly fire. We knew there were armed men in that building and we made preparations accordingly. Suddenly, we spotted an ambulance driving fast from the building.

When we finally entered, the building was empty, even though we have clearly spotted armed men there beforehand. It was evident that those people managed to escape right before we entered, there was even a warm pot of coffee on the stove. When we further cleared the building we found ammunition and combat gear, proof that armed men had been there, very close to the Muqata’a, in a strategic position. It was then clear that they had cynically used the ambulance to escape. They knew we would not open fire on a medical care vehicle.