A medic tries to comfort distraught, wounded Palestinians in the emergency room of Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City.
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At a dingy Gaza ambulance station, paramedics struggle to stay awake during 24-hour shifts that see them coming under fire and dealing with the deaths of civilians and even colleagues.They describe themselves as a family, bonded together by experiences that are difficult to comprehend. Shift supervisor Jihad Selim has been a paramedic for 17 years and has no regrets, despite having worked through three wars and the violence of the second Palestinian intifada in 2000-2005 .Azbut decided he wanted to be a paramedic during the second intifada, impressed by the work done by first responders treating people in the Gaza Strip.Families living in flashpoint border areas sometimes make desperate calls in the hope of being evacuated by ambulance, but Selim can't send anyone without first coordinating with the International Committee of the Red Cross.On Sunday morning, paramedic Fuad Jaber was killed in the Shejaiya neighborhood during an intense Israeli bombardment that killed at least 72 people.
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