A Palestinian woman has been shot dead by Israeli soldiers near the Gaza border fence, in another day of protests and violence, according to the Palestinian health ministry.
Razan al-Najjar, 21, was shot near Khan Yunis on Friday, bringing the toll of Gazans killed by Israeli fire since the end of March to 123.
According to health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra, Razan al-Najjar is a 21-year-old volunteer paramedic died of a gunshot wound to the chest, the Palestinian health ministry said. A witness said she was shot while running towards the fortified fence to help a casualty.
Wearing a white uniform, “she raised her hands high in a clear way, but Israeli soldiers fired and she was hit in the chest”, the witness told Reuters news agency. Palestinian medical sources say more than 100 other protesters were wounded, 40 of them with live fire.
The Israeli army said it was investigating the report, noting that “thousands of rioters” had gathered at five locations along the border, “burning tires adjacent to the security fence and attempting to damage security infrastructure.”
Dispatch based on reports from Reuters, Al Jazeera, Middle East Eye and The Times of Israel.