Palestinian paramedic killed by Israeli fire in West Bank

Palestinian paramedic killed by Israeli fire in West Bank
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27 March, 2019
Sajid Mezher, 17, was shot delivering first aid to those injured in clashes that broke out after Israeli forces stormed the Dheisheh camp near Bethlehem.

Palestine - Teen medic killed

A Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, the Palestinian health ministry and official media said.

Official news agency WAFA named him as Sajid Mezher, 17, and said he was killed by Israeli fire during "clashes" that broke out after Israeli forces entered the Dheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem in the southern West Bank.

The volunteer paramedic was shot in the stomach attempting to deliver first aid to those injured in the clashes. He was pronounced dead during a hospital operation.

His cousin, Arkan Mezher, 15, was also killed by Israeli forces in clashes in the Dheisheh camp in July 2018, MAAN news reported.

The camp is in a part of the occupied West Bank supposedly under full Palestinian control but the Israeli army regularly carries out raids in such areas.

The cease-fire announced by Hamas seems to be holding in Gaza although Israeli air strikes were reported Tuesday night. 

A new UN report suggests Israel's use of force against unarmed protesters on the Gaza border has been disproportionate and could be considered as war crimes.