CAIRO: Authorities are seeking to secure ‘safe passages’ to ambulance vehicles in the most hazardous areas, especially in North Sinai, to avoid possible “terrorist attacks” on paramedics, Youm7 reported Thursday.
Ahmed el-Ansary, the head of the Ambulance Authority, told Youm7 that there are a total of 85 ambulance vehicles escorted with more than 400 personnel, including paramedics and drivers, in the restive area of North Sinai.
Without further details, Ansary ensured there is a “determined plan” that the authority is following to “protect the medical team” situated there.
Dozens of army and police forces have been killed in several road side bomb attacks in the northern tip of the peninsula. Such attacks are often claimed by Sinai-based militants and target security personnel and forces.
An Islamist insurgency in this area has escalated since the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, scoring hundreds of deaths among soldiers. The military periodically announces the arrest of “militants” it claims were involved in such attacks.
Additional reporting by Waleed Abdel Salam.