An investigation conducted by Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem has concluded that Israeli security forces deliberately shot and killed Palestinian paramedics Razan al-Najjar, contradicting the Israeli army’s claims that it was an accident.
On June 1, the 20-year-old al-Najjar was shot in the chest with the single bullet exiting through her back, while she was trying to help wounded demonstrators in Gaza near the perimeter fence with Israel.
B’Tselem’s investigation found that a member of the Israeli security forces aimed and shot directly at her as al-Najjar stood some 25 metres away from the fence, “despite the fact that she posed no danger to him or anyone else and was wearing a medical uniform”.
“Contrary to the many versions offered by the [Israeli] military, the facts of the case lead to only one conclusion,” Amit Gilutz, spokesperson for B’Tselem said.
Rami Abu Jazar, 29, a volunteer paramedic from Khan Younis was with al-Najjar when she was fatally shot. In a testimony provided to B’Tselem, Jazar explained that around 6 pm that day a group of paramedics approached the fence to evacuate two young men who had fainted due to tear gas inhalation.
The paramedics wore medical vests and raised their hands above their heads “to set the soldiers at ease, to make them see we’re paramedics”, Abu Jazar said.
However, as they began to evacuate the young men, the soldiers started to fire a “heavy barrage” of tear gas canisters at them. Al-Najjar began to choke and the group moved away from the fence.
“After we had moved away, we started feeling better and decided to go closer to the protesters,” Abu Jazar said.
“We stood about 10 meters away from them, which was about 25 meters away from the fence. There were no protesters near us. At around 5:45 pm, we saw two soldiers get out of a military jeep, kneel and aim their guns at us, taking up a sniper stance.
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