Israeli forces killed a Palestinian nurse on Friday as she tried to help a wounded protester at the Gaza border, according to health officials and a witness, while Israel said militants had attacked its troops with gunfire and a grenade. The military added that the strikes were made "in response to the launch of missiles, as well as other terrorist activity, carried out under Hamas' orders", including attempts "to inflict damage to security infrastructure and set the Israeli territory on fire". "She was in the field doing her work, healing the wounds of the injured, and my daughter was a courageous paramedic that was never scared of the Israeli snipers", Najjar's mother said. The draft has been lambasted by Israel's permanent representative to the UN, Danny Danon, who called it "shameful" and argued the resolution was created to help Hamas.
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.
The renewed rocket fire on Saturday and Sunday shattered an unofficial truce agreed upon by Israel and Gazan militant factions last week following the firing of over 100 rockets into Israel in three separate attacks - the largest single projectile barrage from the Palestinian enclave since the Gaza 2014 war.
Her death brought to 119 the number of Palestinians killed in weekly demonstrations launched on March 30 in the Gaza Strip, an enclave controlled by the Islamist group Hamas and long subject to grinding Israeli and Egyptian embargoes.
"We deplore that the Council failed to adopt the resolution, which stipulates protection should be provided to the Palestinians, who he said, were in dire need and enduring a tragic situation in the face of massacres by Israel, the occupying Power", he said. The protesters are also demanding the "right of return" for Palestinian refugees from the 1948 war and their descendants.
They came to retrieve her body from the hospital where she and her friends had cared for the injured of this increasingly bloody confrontation along the border between Israel and Gaza.
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On May 14, the same day the United States opened its controversial new embassy in Jerusalem, tens of thousands of Palestinians demonstrated in the Gaza Strip.
The UN envoy for the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov, said in a tweet that "Medical workers are #NotATarget!" and that "Israel needs to calibrate its use of force and Hamas need to prevent incidents at the fence".
"It is the first time the Israeli side have killed a paramedic, she is a female", Dr Iyad Yaghi told me surrounded by doctors.
At least 120 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the return rallies began.
Low-level demonstrations have continued since.
Reda al-Najjar, Razan al-Najjar's colleague and friend, was with the paramedic when she was shot by the Israeli sniper.