Israeli military says to probe killing of Gaza nurse

Casey Dawson
June 3, 2018

The recent violence is the most serious escalation between Israel and militant groups since 2014, with hundreds of mortar and rockets fired into Israel and Israeli airstrikes on targets in Gaza.

The Iron Dome aerial defence system intercepted one projectile, while the other was believed to have fallen short of its target and landed within Gaza, according to the army.

The Israeli military said Palestinian militants had attacked its troops along the border with gunfire and a grenade.

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian who tried to ram a tractor into soldiers and civilians in the occupied West Bank on Saturday, the Israeli military said.

Razan al-Najjar, 21, a volunteer with the Gaza health ministry, was fatally shot in the chest near Khan Younis on Friday.

The person killed was identified as medical nurse Razan Ashraf Al Najjar, 20, ministry officials said. Residents worked alongside with firefighters and soldiers to try to contain the fires, which have become nearly daily occurrences since the start of the "March of Return" protests along the border at the end of March.

Since the conflict began in March, more than 120 Palestinians have been killed at the Gaza Strip.

Israeli jets bombed at least 65 military sites across Gaza.

But when Israeli snipers murdered a 21-year-old Palestinian nurse named Razan Al-Najjar yesterday, the mainstream media was almost silent.

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Al-Najjar had been working as a paramedic during the protests.

Thousands of Palestinians attended Najjar's funeral in the southern Gaza city of Khan Yunis on Saturday.

In the protests, billed as the "Great March of Return", Palestinians have been calling for the right to return to lands lost to Israel during the 1948 war of its creation.

"They [the Israelis] know Razan, they know she is a paramedic, she has been helping treat wounds since 30 March", Sabreen, the paramedic's mother, told Middle East Eye, speaking with tears in her eyes.

Ibrahim carried her away, with the help of two others, and accompanied her in the ambulance.

The Gaza protests are being organized by the territory's militant Hamas leadership and are aimed at drawing attention to the decade-long Israeli-Egyptian blockade on the territory.

On Friday, a few thousand Palestinian rioted along the Gaza border, "burning tires adjacent to the security fence and attempting to damage security infrastructure", said the Israel Defense Forces.

United Nations officials cited Israeli soldiers for most of the responsibility for the deaths since, as the occupying power, Israel is responsible for the protection of the people on the land it controls, with some saying Israel used excessive force in quelling dissent.

They peaked on 14 May when at least 61 Palestinians were killed in clashes as tens of thousands of Gazans protested the USA transfer of its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem the same day.

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