Organization boosts security as drug cartels show disregard for the work of physicians and first responders in conflicts with rivals

Police in an especially violent Mexican city have started providing armed escorts for Red Cross ambulances after gunmen pulled a wounded man from an emergency vehicle over the weekend.

The Red Cross suspended emergency services on Saturday in the city of Salamanca in Guanajuato state after a group of armed men threatened paramedics who were responding to a shootout. Service has since resumed, but police will escort paramedics in certain situations.

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/15/red-cross-volunteers-in-mexico-given-armed-escorts-following-recent-violence