Israeli army says didn't deliberately kill Palestinian nurse in Gaza

Israeli army says didn't deliberately kill Palestinian nurse in Gaza

Kerry Wise
June 9, 2018

Israeli soldiers shot and killed a 21-year-old Palestinian at close range on Wednesday morning in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.

The IDF has released a video showing Razan al-Najjar, the Palestinian nurse allegedly killed by Israeli sniper fire on the Gaza border, throwing a gas grenade and acknowledging her role as a human shield for Hamas terrorists.

Pro-Palestinian Israeli activist Jonathan Pollak, who was in Nabi Saleh, told MEE that Tamimi was shot with live fire at least twice including one bullet that hit him in the back of neck and exited while he was 45 metres away from the soldiers.

The soldier struck by the rock then fired at the Palestinian who threw it, who was given medical treatment but later died, the military said in a statement. "He was treated at the scene and he was later declared dead".

Colonel Uri Mendes, deputy head of the Civil Administration - the Israeli military body in charge of the day to day management of the occupation - made the remarks on Sunday in a meeting of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee's Subcommittee for the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Information Ministry, in a statement, said: "The execution of Tamimi in cold blood, with three bullets at close range, proves how much our people are in need of global protection against the Israeli war machine".

The IDF said it's investigating this latest incident, in which Izz ad-Din Tamimi was killed, but it's far from the first case of Palestinians being shot.

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The marchers have also pressed demands for a "right of return" for the descendants of Palestinian refugees to ancestral homes in what is now Israel.

More than 120 Palestinian demonstrators have been killed in eastern Gaza by Israeli army gunfire - and thousands more injured - since the rallies began more than two months ago.

Many Palestinians tried to provide aid to the seriously wounded man, but the soldiers assaulted them, and threatened to shoot them.

Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East war.

Israel says many protest participants were members of Hamas, the dominant armed group in the Gaza Strip, and militants trying to breach the fenced frontier and launch attacks.

Tensions were further heightened last month after the USA moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in a step seen by both Israel and the Palestinians as siding with Israel on the most sensitive issue in the conflict.