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12:58, 02 June 2018

A Woman Dedicated to Saving Lives Loses Hers in Gaza Violence

A Woman Devoted to Saving Lives Loses Hers in Gaza Violence

A Lady Committed to Saving Lives Loses Hers in Gaza Violence

Palestinian protesters carrying Razan al-Najjar, a medic shot by Israeli soldiers on Friday at the Gaza border fence.CreditAdel Hana/Connected Press

By Iyad Abuheweila and Isabel Kershner

KHUZAA, Gaza Strip &mdash She had grow to be a fixture at the weekly protests along the fence dividing Gaza from Israel, a young, fresh-faced lady in a white paramedic&rsquos uniform rushing into harm&rsquos way to aid treat the wounded.

As a volunteer emergency health-related worker, she mentioned she wanted to prove that females had a part to play in the conservative society of Gaza.

&ldquoBeing a medic is not only a job for a man,&rdquo Razan al-Najjar, 20, mentioned in an interview at a Gaza protest camp final month. &ldquoIt&rsquos for women, too.&rdquo

On Friday, the 10th week of the protest campaign, an hour before dusk, she ran forward to help a demonstrator for the last time.

Israeli soldiers fired two or 3 bullets from across the fence, according to a witness, hitting Ms. Najjar in the upper body. She was pronounced dead quickly soon after.

Ms. Najjar was the 119th Palestinian killed because the protests began in March, according to Gaza well being officials. Hers was the only fatality registered on Friday.

An Israeli military spokesman, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, said he was aware of the reports of her death but had no instant comment about the situations.

Called the Wonderful Return March, the protests have largely been orchestrated by Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza, to draw interest to the 11-year blockade by Israel and Egypt of the coastal territory, and to press refugee claims to lands lost when Israel was established in 1948.

Most of those killed throughout the protests have been shot by Israeli snipers, half of them in a single day, Could 14, the peak of the campaign. Israel has been criticized by human rights groups, which say it has utilized excessive force against the mainly unarmed protesters.


Razan al-Najjar, 20, was attempting to assist an injured protester near the border fence when she was fatally shot by Israeli soldiers, witnesses say. Final month, she spoke to The Instances about the challenges she faced as a female medical volunteer.Published OnCreditImage by Yousur Al-Hlou

On Friday, the protests resumed, and thousands of Palestinians took portion in what the Israeli military described as violent riots at 5 areas along the safety fence, burning tires and throwing stones. A single army automobile was fired on and Palestinians planted a grenade that exploded on the Israeli side of the fence, the military mentioned.

This was the scene that Ms. Najjar dashed into in her white coat to tend to an elderly man who had been hit in the head by a tear-gas canister, according to a witness, Ibrahim al-Najjar, 30, a relative of Ms. Najjar&rsquos.

Other witnesses and the Gaza Health Ministry presented a slightly distinct version of events, saying that Ms. Najjar and other paramedics had been walking toward the fence with their arms raised on their way to evacuate injured protesters when she was shot in the chest.

&ldquoRazan was not shooting,&rdquo Ibrahim mentioned. &ldquoRazan was saving souls and treating the wounded.&rdquo

She arrived at a field hospital in critical condition, the hospital manager, Dr. Salah al-Rantisi, said. She was then transferred to the European Gaza Hospital in Khan Younis, where she died in the operating space.

Ms. Najjar was one particular of the initial medical volunteers at the Khan Younis protest camp, and specifically relished the concept that a lady could do that perform.

&ldquoIn our society women are frequently judged,&rdquo she mentioned. &ldquoBut society has to accept us. If they don&rsquot want to accept us by option, they will be forced to accept us because we have more strength than any man.

&ldquoThe strength that I showed the initial day of the protests, I dare you to uncover it in any individual else.&rdquo

Iyad Abuheweila reported from Khuzaa, Gaza Strip, and Isabel Kershner from Jerusalem.

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Published at Sat, 02 Jun 2018 10:00:05 +0000

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