Red Cross slams Israel over access to wounded - Middle East, World - The Independent Red Cross slams Israel over access to wounded AP Thursday, 8 January 2009 The international Red Cross accuses Israeli forces today of failing to assist wounded Palestinians and of "unacceptable" delays in letting rescue workers reach a Gaza home where four small children were found alive next to their mothers' bodies. Rescuers had been refused permission by the Israeli army to reach the site in the Zaytun neighborhood of Gaza City for days, the International Committee of the Red Cross said. The neutral aid group's head of delegation for the region described the incident as "shocking." "The Israeli military must have been aware of the situation but did not assist the wounded," Pierre Wettach said in a statement. "Neither did they make it possible for us or the Palestine Red Crescent to assist the wounded."