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Palestinian 'medical volunteer' killed by Israeli fire in Gaza

The latest cross-border exchange has raised fears over another war [Getty]

Date of publication: 1 June, 2018

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A Palestinian woman has been reportedly shot dead by Israeli soldiers, as tensions continue on the Gaza border.

A Palestinian woman - reportedly a medical volunteer - was shot dead by Israeli soldiers on Friday, Gaza's health ministry has reported, as protests continued on the border with Israel. 

Razan al-Najjar - a 21-year old volunteer with the ministry of health - was shot by Israeli forces on the eastern border of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

There is little information yet on how Najjar was killed.

Friday's death marks weeks of demonstrations on the Gaza border, beginning 30 March, which has seen at least 123 Palestinian protesters killed by Israeli gunfire.

The protests - dubbed "the Great Return March" - called for the right of return of refugees, and peaked on 14 May when the US moved its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the contested city of Jerusalem.

Over 61 Palestinians were killed and 2,400 injured on that day, while tens of thousands protested along the besieged strip's border.

Israeli snipers fired live rounds and tear gas at the protesters, with condemnation from the UN and human rights groups.

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