Gaza Medic Shot in the Head During Border Protests Succumbs to Wounds

Sobhi Al-Jdeily, 36, was shot in the head by a rubber bullet while on duty with the Red Crescent

A Palestinian paramedic helps a woman during a demonstration near the border with Israel, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, April 26, 2019.
SAID KHATIB / AFP

A Palestinian paramedic shot one month ago during the Gaza border protests died Monday in a Hebron hospital, the Palestinian Health Ministry reported. Sobhi Al-Jdeily, 36, was wounded in serious condition after being shot by a rubber buller while working with the Red Cresent in the northern Strip. His body will be returned to Gaza for a funeral.

Al-Jdeily is the 306th Palestinian to die in Gaza border protests since they began in at the end of 2018.

Last week, officials in Hamas and other Gaza-based organizations warned of escalation in this week's planned demonstration along the border fence with Israel, over what they describe as foot-dragging in implementing agreements reached with Israel.

Sobhi Al-Jdeily.
Red Crescent

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A senior official in the organizing committee of the weekly March of Return demonstrations told Haaretz that Palestinian factions, including Hamas, are demanding the transfer of additional funds from Qatar, a further easing on the import of dual-purpose goods from Israel, meaning goods which can be used for civilian or military purposes, and progressing with humanitarian projects.

Some in Gaza say that although the security situation is calm, their conditions,other than added hours of electricity and expansion of the fishing zone in the Mediterranean, have not improved since the last round of clashes ended in early May.

In June 2018, medic Razan Najjar, 21, was killed by live Israeli fire while attempting to evacuate wounded protesters. In February, a UN probe found that at least three clearly-marked paramedics have been fatally shot in Gaza border protests. The report also found that Israeli snipers intentionally taregeted children and journalists. Her death is among at least 11 in the protests that Israel has made the subject of criminal probes