A Red Crescent ambulance team left the scene of a deadly West Bank attack Friday without offering aid and is now back to work, said relatives of victims Rabbi Yaakov Litman and his son Netanel.
The Palestinian Red Crescent backed up the crew and denied the claims of Israeli security and medical agencies. According to Palestinians, the team assisted the wounded but left the scene after a military medical team arrived "which made the team feel unsafe."
The attack tool place on Friday afternoon, when the Litman family were traveling from the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba to Meitar for a Shabbat celebration before the wedding of their daughter. Terrorists waiting on the roadside opened fire on their car, and the father and son were killed while the mother and four other children were lightly wounded. It was reported Sunday that the perpetrator of the attack was caught and arrested.
Immediately after the attack, family members recounted that a Red Crescent ambulance arrived to the scene but left when the crew realized that the wounded were Jews. This version, according to which the crew left the area before the arrival of Israeli medical services, was supported by other findings in the investigation of the incident and the Magen David Adom hotline recording in which someone in the vehicle reported that "there is a Red Crescent vehicle here…the vehicle left us – I don't know why."
At a press conference convened by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday, he noted that he had instructed the Foreign Ministry to contact the Red Cross institutions in Geneva to have them receive explanations from the Red Crescent for abandoning the wounded Israelis.
He said Israel would place all the necessary sanctions against the Red Crescent Society. "The incident seems very serious. I would like to mention that such a thing is not possible regarding Israel's rescue service, who help everyone indiscriminately, Jews, Arabs, everyone."