Razan Najjar

Video purports to show slain Gaza nurse throwing gas grenade

IDF's Arabic-language spokesman posts video on Facebook purporting to show Razan Najjar, who was killed in clashes on the Gaza border last week, throwing a gas grenade; 'Hamas used her as a human shield,' the IDF says.

The IDF's Arabic-language spokesman Avichay Adraee posted a video on his Facebook page on Thursday purporting to show Palestinian nurse Razan Najjar, who was killed in clashes on the Gaza border last week, throwing a gas grenade.



"She's not a merciful angel," text on the screen says. "Hamas used her as a human shield."


Najjar, 21, is the second woman killed in the rioting since they began in March. She lived Khuzaa, a village near Khan Yunis that is close to the border and has served as one of five protest encampments across Gaza in recent weeks.


Razan Najjar throwing grenade    (צילום: דובר צה"ל)

Razan Najjar throwing grenade   (Video: IDF Spokesman's Office)


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Palestinian health officials and witnesses claimed IDF forces shot dead Najjar, a volunteer medic, as she ran towards the border fence, east of the south Gaza city of Khan Yunis, in a bid to reach a casualty.


Fares al-Kidra, a colleague of Najjar, said they were approaching the fence to evacuate a wounded man and, as they were leaving, three gunshots were heard and Najjar fell to the ground.


Al-Mezan, a Gaza-based rights group, said Najjar was 100 meters from the fence and wearing a clearly marked paramedic's vest when she was shot.


Razan Najjar on the Gaza border
Razan Najjar on the Gaza border


Social media videos, and one captured by Associated Press footage, purported to show Najjar and a cohort of medics walking toward the fence and raising their hands to reach a wounded man lying on the ground. Najjar wore a dark blue headscarf and a white coat with the logo of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, where she volunteered.


An initial IDF investigation of the incident found that while a small number of bullets were fired during the incident, the gunfire wasn't aimed at the Palestinian nurse. One possibility is that Najjar was killed by the ricochet of a bullet.


The IDF said the investigation is still ongoing.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.


פרסום ראשון: 06.07.18, 13:05
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