Protests resume after Palestinian paramedic’s Gaza funeral

Protests resume after Palestinian paramedic’s Gaza funeral

The strikes were retaliation to rockets fired at Israel, as well as "various terror activities approved and orchestrated by the Hamas terror organization over the weekend", the army said.

There is real anger that a medic was killed, with one of Gaza's most senior health officials condemning the targeting of medics and urging the global community to intervene.

The IDF said that Israeli jets struck "five terror targets in a military compound belonging to the naval force of the terror group Hamas in the northern Gaza Strip" in response to the firing of four projectiles from Gaza.

It comes after a ceasefire was called on Wednesday.

The Israeli artillery hit on Saturday a military facility in the southern Zeitoun district of the Palestinian city of Gaza, local media reported. Israel responded with 60 airstrikes.

Thousands of Palestinians, including hundreds of medical workers in white uniforms, took part Saturday in the funeral procession of a colleague who was shot dead by Israeli troops the previous day along the Israel-Gaza border.

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The US envoy further denounced the draft, noting that it "calls for immediate steps toward ending Israeli restrictions on access into Gaza, while making no mention of Egypt's restrictions and no mention of Hamas' deliberate attacks against Israel's determined efforts to provide humanitarian access into Gaza at the Kerem Shalom crossing".

Israel has contended its military is acting lawfully to stop the protesters from breaching the fence, and has rejected accusations that soldiers have used deadly force needlessly.

Palestinians in the besieged coastal enclave have also been using kites carrying burning cans to set ablaze Israeli fields, torching extensive patches of agricultural land near Gaza.

Razan was shot through the chest as she tried to help one of about 100 protesters wounded during Friday's protests, according to the Gaza health ministry and a fellow medic who was working with her. The attacks have petered off in recent months as the Palestinian focus has shifted toward mass protests at the Gaza border. Ibrahim who carried her to the hospital said, "Razan was not shooting", "Razan was saving souls and treating the wounded".

"They [the Israelis] know Razan, they know she is a paramedic, she has been helping treat wounds since 30 March", Sabreen, the paramedic's mother, told Middle East Eye, speaking with tears in her eyes.

Al-Najjar had been working as a paramedic during the protests. About 1,000 Israeli settlers live in the heart of the flashpoint city, protected by the Israeli military. The attacks come less than a week after Egypt brokered a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants following a month of unrest arising from the Great March of Return protests and the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

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