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Thursday, 24 February 2011

Gangs threaten paramedics in Mexican border city

PARAMEDIC NAVY BLUE HAT CAP LAW ENFORCEMENT HATSGangs threaten paramedics in Mexican border city  " Private paramedics in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico's murder capital, are being threatened with death by drug traffickers, who have prohibited them from taking people with gunshot wounds to neighboring El Paso, Texas, hospital officials told Efe.

An average of five people a day sustain gunshot wounds in the border city and the majority of them ask to be taken to El Paso, which is just across the Rio Grande, for security reasons.

Gunmen have sometimes chased ambulances or entered hospitals in Juarez to finish off people who survived shootings.

The paramedics, many of whom are volunteers, began receiving death threats last year via the Life 1 radio frequency used by first responders and the threatening messages have been 'constant' since then, emergency services coordinator Juan Arras told Efe."

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