Ramzi Najjar

ramzi najjarJune 4, 2018: Ramzi Najjar, 22, was shot by Israeli soldiers near the border fence, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, after cutting sections of the border fence. Other Palestinians who were with Ramzi, managed to escape unharmed.

According to local sources, the Israeli soldiers opened fire at several young men,who approached the border fence, seriously wounding one of them, before abducting him. The wounded Palestinian, later identified as Ramzi, died from his serious injury shortly after being detained.

It should be noted that Ramzi was still alive when he was taken by Israeli forces – the same forces who had just shot him. After the Israeli military pronounced him dead, they refused to release his body to his family.

Ramzi was a cousin and neighbor of the young female Palestinian medic, , Razan Najjar, 22, who was shot and killed by Israeli forces while helping treat wounded protesters, on Friday June 1st, 2018.

Israeli Ynet News claimed the soldiers killed “one of two Palestinians who attempted to cross the fence,” and added that “they were found to be carrying an ax.”

Despite Israeli military claims that the ax was meant to attack Israeli soldiers, there was no evidence of any intention to do anything beyond tearing down the fence that imprisons the 2 million people who live in the Gaza Strip.

Ramzi’s sister told reporters that Ramzi was saddened and angered by the death of Razan, and that he was always telling her about the great work that Razan was doing, describing her as the angel of mercy, helping all the wounded, and her ongoing care, dedication, selfless giving and support to the injured Palestinians.

She added that her brother and friends were always present at the Return Camp, helping the people, bringing them water, and doing whatever they could to assist the two-month long non-violent protest camp at the Gaza-Israel border.

The death of Ramzi followed an invasion of Gaza on Monday morning, in which four Israeli tanks and three D9 armored military bulldozers, invaded Palestinian lands near Malka area, east of the Zeitoun neighborhood, in the eastern part of Gaza city.

The vehicles advanced at least 150 meters into Palestinian agricultural lands, and bulldozed them, in addition to placing sand hills and more barbwire fences.

The soldiers fired several live rounds, and smoke bombs, during the invasion, while military drones flew overhead.

On Sunday, the soldiers shot and injured a Palestinian man after he allegedly approached the barbed-wire fence, to the east of Khan Younis.

On the same day, the Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip  said that a young Palestinian man, identified as Mohammad Na’im Hamada, 30, who was shot and seriously injured by Israel army fire, on May 14, has succumbed to his wounds.

On Friday, the soldiers killed a young Palestinian woman, a medic identified as Razan Ashraf Najjar, 22, and injured 100 Palestinians, including 40 with live fire.

Razan was the second medic to be killed by Israeli army fire since March 30th, after the soldiers killed Mousa Jaber Abu Hassanein, 36, who was shot on May 14th, while wearing a clearly marked medic vest.

In the West Bank, the soldiers killed, on Saturday June 2nd, a Palestinian worker, identified as Rami Wahid Sabarna, 36, in Hebron, while he and other workers were conducting work for the Hebron City Council to rehabilitate and expand a road near the Ibrahimi Mosque.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, said in Twitter and Facebook posts that with Ramzi’s death, the Israeli soldiers have killed 123 Palestinians, including 13 children, and injured 13672 others, including hundreds who suffered serious wounds, mainly after being shot with expanding bullets, since March 30th.

He denounced the Israeli army’s use of sniper fire to kill and main the protesters, and for using gas bombs of unknown components that cause serious complications, impacting the neurological and the respiratory systems.

Dr. al-Qedra also said that, besides killing the two medics, the soldiers injured 223 others, and caused damage to 37 ambulances, in addition to targeting Palestinian journalists, killing two, identified as Yasser Mortaja and Ahmad Abu Hussein, in addition to wounding 144 others.

Ramzi was from Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC