A Palestinian woman – reportedly a medical volunteer – was shot dead by Israeli soldiers on Friday, Gaza’s health ministry has reported, as protests continued on the border with Israel.
Razan al-Najjar – a 21-year old volunteer with the ministry of health – was shot by Israeli forces on the eastern border of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.
— CIR_Palestine (@CIR_Palestine) June 1, 2018
Friday’s death marks weeks of demonstrations on the Gaza border, beginning March 30, which has seen at least 123 Palestinian protesters killed by Israeli gunfire.
Israel killed Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar while she was treating injured protesters today.
This video of her was taken only a few weeks ago. She would volunteer to treat the injured for 13 consecutive hours every Friday and then continue her shift at the hospital. pic.twitter.com/X1PBEpVoQC
— Tamara Nassar (@TamaraINassar) June 1, 2018
The protests – dubbed “the Great Return March” – called for the right of return of refugees, and peaked on May 14 when the US moved its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the contested city of Jerusalem.
#Watch || Palestinians are marching to the eastrern border of #Gaza Strip to participate in #GreatReturnMarch.
Video from the middle area camp in the east of Al-Buraij Refugee Camp
Video by: @pallive_en pic.twitter.com/gAR3hvXCW2
— Great Return March (@GreatReturnMa) June 1, 2018
Over 61 Palestinians were killed and 2,400 injured on that day, while tens of thousands protested along the besieged strip’s border.
Israeli snipers fired live rounds and tear gas at the protesters, with condemnation from the UN and human rights groups.
(Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, PC, Social Media)