Israeli Army: Slain Gaza Medic Wasn't Shot Deliberately

Female Palestinian medic Razan Al Najar reacts to tear gas as she works at the scene of clashes at Israel Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip

The Palestinian Information Ministry said in a statement that "the execution of Tamimi in cold blood, with three bullets at close range, proves how much our people are in need of worldwide protection against the Israeli war machine".

An IDF spokesman confirmed on Twitter that they did indeed shoot a Palestinian man, who was confronting soldiers with 10 others, while they were conducting an arrest in the village northwest of Ramallah.

The soldier hit by the rock then fired at the Palestinian who threw it, who was given medical treatment but later died, the statement added. None of our troops were hurt.

"A military police investigation was opened concerning the circumstances in the death of a Palestinian shot by the IDF during an arrest operation in Nebi Saleh on June 6, 2018".

The Palestinian Information Ministry, in a statement, said: "The execution of Tamimi in cold blood, with three bullets at close range, proves how much our people are in need of global protection against the Israeli war machine". Palestinians want East Jerusalem for their future capital.

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Thousands of Palestinians are to join on Friday afternoon the anti-Israel rallies and protests organized by the Highest Commission for the Great March of Return in eastern Gaza Strip, close to the border with Israel.

Tensions were further heightened last month after the US 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.

The Hamas-led demonstrations have been fueled by despair over a decade-old Israel-Egyptian blockade, imposed after the Islamic militant group seized control of the territory. But the vast majority of Palestinian casualties, including over 3,700 people wounded by Israeli fire, have been unarmed.

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.

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