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Salamanca Red Cross resumes operations after attack

Salamanca, Guanajuato — The Red Cross has resumed operations in the city of Salamanca, Guanajuato after one of its ambulances was attacked by an armed group.

The attack happened on the night of April 13 when a group of armed men attacked one of their ambulances. The armed men stopped the ambulance and forcefully removed its patient, who was a gunshot victim being transported to hospital.

After that, the Red Cross suspended its activities in the city of Salamanca.

In a statement, the institution noted that “as of this moment, ambulance service will begin operations attending pre-hospital medical emergencies and on April 15 will resume its normal schedule, which will be completely restored medical services.”

The news of the restored service comes after the mayor announced security support for ambulances entering risky areas.

The mayor of Salamanca, Beatriz Hernández Cruz told the media that since the attack, security forces have agreed to support the paramedics “in those cases in which the area or certain characteristics of the report are considered risky.”

The mayor reiterated that the president of the Board of Trustees of the Mexican Red Cross in Salamanca, Doctor José María Rostro Fernández, will allocate the necessary resources to reinforce the operation of the Red Cross for the city, noting that services will continue to improve.