Israel Says Palestinian Medic's Death in Gaza Was Unintentional

A JNF firefighter tries to put out a blaze in southern Israel near the Gaza border caused by incendiary kites sent from Gaza

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The Palestinian Information Ministry said Israeli forces had killed Ezz El-Deen al-Tamimi, 21, in "cold blood".

Ahed Tamimi's case gained global attention when footage emerged of her slapping and kicking two Israeli soldiers next to her house in the West Bank in December, with the soldiers not responding to the provocation.

An Israeli worker of Nature and Parks Authority extinguishes a fire started by a kite with attached burning cloth launched by Palestinians from Gaza, on the Israel and Gaza border, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Thousands of Palestinians are streaming toward the fence separating Gaza from Israel for a protest against the decade-long blockade of their territory.

However a senior Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officer, who declined to be named, said that many of his soldiers reported that their bullets hit one person and then continued in flight and hit another.

Shooting medics is a bit more embarrassing, particularly a photogenic medic like Najjar who was in a lot of media coverage of paramedics risking their lives to treat wounded protesters.

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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. Israel has drawn global condemnation for its use of deadly force during the mass demonstrations.

Critics of Israel have contrasted her eight-month sentence with the nine months eventually served by an Israeli soldier who shot dead an injured Palestinian attacker as he lay on the ground. Two-thirds of Gaza's 2 million residents are descendants of refugees.

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

Israel has accused Hamas of trying to carry out attacks and damage the fence under the guise of the protests.

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.

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