Initial results from the IDF investigation indicate that Razan al-Najjar was not killed from ‘deliberate or direct’ gunfire.

A medic stands among the protesters in Gaza

A medic stands among the protesters in Gaza Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90

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.

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 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.