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  • Mourners carry the body of Palestinian volunteer paramedic Sajed Mezher, a victim killed by Israeli troops, during his funeral in Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank March 27, 2019.

    Mourners carry the body of Palestinian volunteer paramedic Sajed Mezher, a victim killed by Israeli troops, during his funeral in Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank March 27, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 27 March 2019

18-year-old medic, Shahid Muzher, was shot dead by Israeli forces while he was wearing his vest and tending to protesters. 

Israeli forces shot and killed an 18-year-old Palestinian medic Wednesday in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

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Shahid Muzher was shot in the abdomen by the Israeli occupying forces after a raid in a refugee camp. He later died on the operating table at the Beit Jala Hospital. He was wearing a medic vest when the Israeli occupied forces opened fire, shooting indiscriminately.

Muzher was trying to save the injured protesters in the Dheisheh refugee camp after local Palestinian search rescue services were called.

Palestinian Authority Health Minister Jawad Awwad condemned the killing of the teenager who served as a volunteer medic.

Awwad said the "occupation's killing of a volunteer medic by shooting him in the stomach is a war crime."

Three Palestinians from the camp, Mohammed Rizq Hamash, Mahmoud Walid al-Lahham, and Issa Maali, were arrested. Three other Palestinians were wounded by Israeli fire.

During Muzher’s funeral, clashes erupted in the northern entrance to Bethlehem which left at least five injured. 

The Palestinian health ministry’s data shows that in 2019, four Palestinian medics were killed in West Bank and Gaza by Israeli military fire while they were doing their job.

A U.N. report published on Feb. 28 providing evidence of Israel’s crimes against humanity in Gaza. Since Gaza protests started in March 2018, Israeli snipers targeted children, health workers, and journalists, the investigation found.

“The Commission found reasonable grounds to believe that Israeli snipers shot at journalists, health workers, children and persons with disabilities, knowing they were clearly recognisable as such,” the report said calling the same as war crimes.

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