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Israeli forces kill Gazan paramedic on border

Over 100 injured by Israeli forces, says Palestinian Health Ministry

Israeli forces kill Gazan paramedic on border

By Ali Semerci

GAZA, Palestine

A Palestinian volunteer paramedic was killed by Israeli forces Friday at the Gaza border, as dozens of others were injured by live bullets amid mass demonstrations for Palestinian "right to return".

In a written statement, Palestine’s Health Ministry said Razan Ashraf Najjar, 21, a female paramedic was shot dead by Israeli forces while healing wounded demonstrators in Khan Yunis on Friday.

Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra revealed in his written statement that more than 100 people were also injured by disproportionate force. Forty were injured by live bullets.

Tension has mounted in the Palestinian territories since last December, when U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

On May 14, the U.S. relocated its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, drawing condemnation from across the Arab and Muslim world and further enflaming passions in the Palestinian territories.

Since March 30, at least 118 Palestinians have been killed -- and thousands more injured -- by Israeli army gunfire in the eastern Gaza Strip.

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