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IDF: Palestinian medic killed during Gaza protest was not shot intentionallyInitial results from the IDF investigation indicate that Razan al-Najjar was not killed from ‘deliberate or direct’ gunfire.
The IDF is still investigating the circumstances of the death of a Palestinian medic on Friday. 22 year-old Razan al-Najjar died on the way to the hospital after she sustained a gunshot wound to the chest and has since become a symbol of the Palestinian protests in Gaza.
During an initial examination of the incident that took place on June 1st, 2018, in which a 22-year-old Palestinian woman was killed, it was found that a small number of bullets were fired during the incident, and that no shots were deliberately or directly aimed towards her— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) June 5, 2018
According to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, though over a hundred Palestinians were reported wounded, only a small amount of bullets were fired on the day of the incident. With regards to al-Najjar’s death, the initial reports from the investigation indicate that “no shots were deliberately or directly aimed towards her.”
“The examination is ongoing,” notes the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit on Twitter.
As reported earlier by JOL, authorities in Gaza said that al-Najjar had approached the border fence near Khan Yunis with her hands raised in the air in order to treat wounded protesters.
The examination is ongoing. In addition, the incident will be examined by the General Staff Fact Finding Assessment Mechanism, and the findings passed to the Military Advocate General— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) June 5, 2018
The head of Gaza’s health authority, Dr. Yossef Abu Arrish, said that the IDF shot tear gas grenades at the crowd of protesters despite the obvious presence of the medics in the crowd.
A video released by the authorities shows the medical team, al-Najjar among them, approaching the border fence wearing white. Shortly thereafter, al-Najjar was shot in the chest. One of the other medics was apparently hit in the leg by a tear gas grenade.
IDF soldiers along the Gaza border have been given temporary permission by the Chief of Staff to use live ammunition should the protests turn violent.
Since the rioting began, Palestinian protesters have made numerous attempts- some successful- to damage the security fence infrastructure and infiltrate into Israel. As a result, and due to the implementation of the open-fire policy, thousands of Palestinians have been injured and over one hundred killed.
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