Palestinians bid farewell with paramedic killed in Gaza border clashes
Palestinians have held massive funeral in the Gaza Strip bidding farewell with paramedic who succumbed to his wounds a month after being injured by Israeli forces amid Gaza border clashes.
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Hundreds of mourners gathered in Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza Strip on Tuesday, chanting slogans in condemnation of the Israeli regime’s crimes and demanding resistance movements to respond to Israeli forces’ continued acts of aggression.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society said in a statement on Monday that Mohammed Subhi al-Judeili had died at a hospital in the southern West Bank city of al-Khalil, located 30 kilometers south of Jerusalem al-Quds.
The 36-year-old man suffered skull fractures after a rubber-coated metal bullet struck him in the nose as Israeli military forces sought to suppress a “Great March of Return” protest rally in the eastern part of the Gaza Strip on May 3.
Palestinian Minister of Health Mai al-Kaila later strongly condemned the Israeli army for firing directly at the Palestinian paramedic, and fatally wounding him in the face.
Kaila said Judeili’s death is a war crime, arguing that Israeli forces deliberately target Palestinian paramedics and ambulances as they are performing their humanitarian duties.
Palestinians have held weekly rallies on the Gaza border to protest the siege on the enclave and demand the right for refugees to return to their homes they were forced from during the 1948 creation of Israel.
More than 270 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces ever since anti-occupation protest rallies began in Gaza on March 30, 2018. Over 16,000 Palestinians have also sustained injuries.
The Gaza clashes reached their peak on May 14 last year, on the eve of the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe), which coincided with the US embassy relocation from Tel Aviv to occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds.
On June 13, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution, sponsored by Turkey and Algeria, which condemned Israel for Palestinian civilian deaths in the Gaza Strip.
The resolution, which had been put forward on behalf of Arab and Muslim countries, garnered a strong majority of 120 votes in the 193-member assembly, with 8 votes against and 45 abstentions.
The resolution called on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to make proposals within 60 days “on ways and means for ensuring the safety, protection, and well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation,” including “recommendations regarding an international protection mechanism.”
It also called for “immediate steps towards ending the closure and the restrictions imposed by Israel on movement and access into and out of the Gaza Strip.”