A 21-year-old Palestinian nurse was shot dead by an Israeli sniper as she tried to help a wounded protester along the Gaza border Friday, Reuters reports.
Witnesses and health officials said volunteer medic Razan al-Najar ran towards the border fence in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis in an attempt to reach a protester.
She reportedly raised her hands and wore clothing that clearly identified her as a health worker, “but Israeli soldiers fired and she was hit in the chest,” according to one witness, who requested anonymity.
“The killing of a clearly-identified medical staffer by security forces during a demonstration is particularly reprehensible,” said Jamie McGoldrick, a local UN humanitarian coordinator.
The death of Ms. al-Najar brought the number of Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip demonstrations that started on March 30 to 119. The area is controlled by the Islamist group Hamas and has been placed under punitive embargoes by Israel and Egypt.
Thousands took to the streets of Khan Younis on Saturday for the young medic’s funeral. Protesters are demanding the return of Palestinian lands they fled or were expelled from in 1948 after the creation of the Jewish state.
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