MSF suspends work in San Salvador space after ambulance attacked

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Medical help organisation says ambulance was ‘attacked by an armed group’ east of El Salvador’s capital early on Sunday.

Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) has suspended its actions in areas dominated by gangs near San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, after the medical help organisation stated one in every of its ambulances was attacked by an armed group.

An MSF coordinator stated on Sunday a physician and a medical assistant was within the ambulance when it was attacked at about 3am native time on its approach to supply help in Reparto Las Canas, an space about seven kilometres (4 miles) east of San Salvador.

“For the moment, all our medical activities are suspended until we can be sure that our interventions can take place safely,” Luis Romero advised the AFP information company.

Romero referred to as on armed gangs and civil society usually to respect the actions of healthcare employees.

Translation: “We are outraged by the attack on a team of our ambulance service… We are independent, neutral and impartial. We help people in their time of greatest need. We remind you that #WeAreNotATarget”

El Salvador has reported nearly 55,000 circumstances of COVID-19 thus far in addition to greater than 1,600 coronavirus-related deaths, based on a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

The nation additionally has one of many highest charges of violence on the earth.

Tens of hundreds of gang members function in municipalities throughout El Salvador and extort residents, based on Human Rights Watch, whereas Salvadoran safety forces “remain largely ineffective in protecting the population”.