Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Israel carries out airstrikes as thousands mourn Palestinian nurse

Israel carries out airstrikes as thousands mourn Palestinian nurse

On Wednesday, Hamas said that armed groups in the Gaza Strip had agreed to a deal with Israel following a night of air attacks targeting several Hamas and Islamic Jihad positions in the coastal enclave, so long as the "occupier" did the same - referring to Israel.

One rocket was intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system and the other apparently landed inside Gaza, a statement said.

Tensions between Israel and Palestine have escalated in recent weeks after Donald Trump moved the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

ICRC officials said that renewed hostilities would put... Earlier this week, Gaza militants fired a large barrage at Israel, which responded with heavy strikes on Gaza installations.

The army claimed that the Palestinian worker "attempted to ram the soldiers with his vehicle, before they shot him", an allegation which was denied by eyewitnesses, who said the young man was just working, and did not attempt to attack the soldiers, or harm them in any way.

Amid worldwide condemnation of its use of lethal force, Israel said numerous dead were militants and that the Israeli army was repelling attacks on the border fence between Israel and Gaza.

Razan al-Najjar was allegedly shot dead in Israeli fire on Friday.

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Israel and Hamas are bitter enemies and have fought three wars since the group seized control of Gaza in 2007. The Palestinian Health Ministry says a woman was killed by Israeli fire during a protest at the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military has provided no explanation for the shooting but said Saturday that the case would be examined.

Security sources and local media reported that Israeli jets and drones carried out strikes on three military facilities belonging to the Islamist movement in the towns of Rafah and Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip and in eastern Gaza City on Saturday.

The Palestinian Medical Relief Society said Ms Najar had been trying to reach an injured protester when she was shot near the city of Khan Younis. The attacks have petered off in recent months as the Palestinian focus has shifted toward mass protests at the Gaza border. Interviewed by Reuters interview in April, she said she would see the border protests through until their end.

"They [the Israelis] know Razan, they know she is a paramedic, she has been helping treat wounds since 30 March", Sabreen, the paramedic's mother, told Middle East Eye, speaking with tears in her eyes. Other protesters managed to cut and pull parts of the barbed wire on the border's fence between eastern Gaza and Israel.

United Nations and human rights officials, however, have accused Israel of using disproportionate force.

FILE PHOTO - Female Palestinian medic Razan Al-Najar works at the scene of clashes at Israel-Gaza border, in the southern Gaza Strip April 1, 2018.

The Gaza clashes reached their peak on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), which coincided this year with the USA embassy relocation from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.

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