Israeli Army: Video Shows Killed Gaza Medic Throwing Gas Canister

'Razan al-Najjar is not the angel of mercy that Hamas propaganda attempts to portray,' IDF Arabic-language army spokesman tweets

Palestinian protesters evacuate medic Razan Najjar near the Gaza border, June 1, 2018.
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The Israeli military released a video Thursday showing a Palestinian volunteer medic who was killed on Friday in Gaza border clashes with the army, throwing a gas canister at the demonstration.

In the video, Razan al-Najjar is seen in a white coat throwing the grenade with her face partially covered by a mask.

"Razan al-Najjar is not the angel of mercy that Hamas propaganda attempts to portray," Arabic-language army spokesman Avichay Edraee tweeted, in reference to Najjar, whom authorities in Gaza accuse Israeli forces of killing. "Her admission that she is a 'human shield' for the inciting rioters proves how Hamas uses the entire Gaza population as ammunition for its aims and for Iran's aims," Edraee wrote. "Do medical personnel around the world throw bombs and participate in disturbances and call themselves human shields?"

On Tuesday, the army said preliminary results from its probe of the case, based primarily on interviews with soldiers who were on the scene, concluded that Israeli soldiers had not fired directly at Najjar. The investigation found the soldiers opened fire at other demonstrators, but not directly at her.

The military probe found that Najjar was seen close to the border fence, treating protesters wounded by Israeli army fire. The military said that the investigation into Najjar's killing would continue.

According to Palestinian Health Minister Dr. Jawad Awaad, Najjar was shot in the neck. "This is a war crime," he said Friday, 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.

Dr. Yossef Abu Arrish, the head of Gaza's health services, said Najjar was among a group of "paramedics [who] approached the border with raised hands and while they were in their white uniforms and still the army fired tear gas grenades at them."

Another video of Najjar released by the Palestinian Health Ministry.