Israeli Army Opens Criminal Investigation Into Killing of Gaza Medic

Razan al-Najjar, 21, was killed during demonstrations near the Israel-Gaza border in May. The military advocate general rejected a preliminary military probe that found she was not shot intentionally

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Razan al-Najjar
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Yaniv Kubovich

The Israel Defense Forces has ordered a criminal probe into the killing of Razan al-Najjar, a Palestinian medic who was killed at the end of May during protests on the Gaza border.

The IDF's Military Advocate General Brig. Gen. Sharon Afek rejected the findings of the preliminary military investigation from June. He ordered the Military Police to open a criminal investigation. 

The June investigation found that Israeli soldiers did not fire directly at Razan al-Najjar.

The probe was based primarily on interviews with soldiers who were on the scene. As part of the inquiry, the military examined who opened fire during the event and how much ammunition was used.

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Video released by Palestinian Health Ministry

The investigation found the soldiers opened fire at other demonstrators, and not directly at Najjar.

The military probe found that Najjar was seen close to the border fence, treating protesters wounded by Israeli military fire.

The military said that the investigation into Najjar's killing will continue.

According to Palestinian Health Minister Dr. Jawad Awaad, Najjar was shot in the neck. "This is a war crime," he said, saying Najjar was shot while clearly wearing a medical staff uniform. Earlier that day, Najjar gave an interview in which she took pride in the aid she was providing for the wounded, Awaad added.

In a video released by the Health Ministry and allegedly recorded minutes before Najjar was shot, the team of paramedics can be seen approaching the border in white coats and with their hands in the air. Najjar was also photographed wearing a white coat during attempts to resuscitate her.

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza says 118 people have died in the marches.

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