Is­raeli air­craft strike sites in Gaza

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near Khan Yu­nis on Fri­day.

Fol­low­ing the funeral, sev­eral Gazans were wounded in clashes east of Khan Yu­nis, health min­istry spokesman Ashraf al-Qu­dra said.

Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu said af­ter the strikes that Is­rael’s mil­i­tary had de­liv­ered the “harsh­est blow” in years to Gaza mil­i­tants.

‘War crime’

Ad­dress­ing Na­j­jar’s death, the UN envoy for the Mid­dle East, Nick­o­lay Mlade­nov, said in a Satur­day 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”.

The Pales­tinian Med­i­cal Re­lief So­ci­ety said Na­j­jar was shot “as she was at­tempt­ing to pro­vide first aid to an in­jured pro­tester”, with three other first re­spon­ders also hit by live fire on Fri­day.

“Shoot­ing at med­i­cal per­son­nel is a war crime un­der the Geneva con­ven­tions,” the PMRC said in a state­ment, de­mand­ing “an im­me­di­ate in­ter­na­tional response to Is­raeli hu­man­i­tar­ian law vi­o­la­tions in Gaza”.

Is­rael and mil­i­tant or­ga­ni­za­tions in Gaza reached a de facto cease­fire last week, af­ter a flare-up dur­ing which dozens of mor­tars and rock­ets were fired at south­ern Is­rael and Is­rael pounded Gaza with dozens of airstrikes.

The vi­o­lence was part of a se­ri­ous es­ca­la­tion in the bor­der area be­tween Gaza and Is­rael over the past months. Pales­tinian protests, which started as the Great March of Re­turn on March 30 de­mand­ing Pales­tinian refugees’ right to re­turn home, es­ca­lated af­ter the re­lo­ca­tion of the US em­bassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. At least 121 Pales­tini­ans in Gaza have been killed in clashes with Is­raeli forces.

Is­rael, which has drawn in­ter­na­tional con­dem­na­tion for its use of deadly force, says many of those killed were Hamas mem­bers and mil­i­tants try­ing to launch at­tacks un­der cover of the protests.

The Pales­tini­ans say most of the dead and the thou­sands wounded were un­armed civil­ians against whom Is­rael was us­ing ex­ces­sive force.

More than 2 mil­lion Pales­tini­ans are packed into the nar­row coastal en­clave. Is­rael with­drew its troops and set­tlers from Gaza in 2005, but main­tains tight con­trol of its land and sea bor­ders, cit­ing se­cu­rity con­cerns.

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