Palestinian volunteer medic killed by Israeli forces in Bethlehem

Sajed Muzher, 18, was shot in the abdomen by Israeli forces while treating injured protesters in Dheisheh refugee camp.

    Women react after the Palestinian medic was killed by Israeli troops in Bethlehem [Mussa Qawasma/Reuters]
    Women react after the Palestinian medic was killed by Israeli troops in Bethlehem [Mussa Qawasma/Reuters]

    Israeli forces shot and killed an 18-year-old Palestinian medic after the army raided a refugee camp in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

    Sajid Muzher was shot in the abdomen and later died on the operating table at the Beit Jala Hospital, Palestinian medical sources said.

    The sources added that the young man was killed when Israeli soldiers opened fire while he was wearing a medic's vest trying to save the injured protesters in the Dheisheh refugee camp.

    Witnesses pointed out that the Israeli soldiers were deployed in large numbers in the alleys and streets of the camp, with snipers positioned on rooftops amid the shooting.

    Palestinian Authority Health Minister Jawad Awwad condemned the killing, noting that the teen served as volunteer medic and that he was shot while trying to help others.

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

    Three other Palestinians were wounded by Israeli fire.

    Israeli forces frequently raid refugee camps to carry out arrests or other operations, often sparking clashes with residents.

    Three Palestinians from the camp, Mohammed Rizq Hamash, Mahmoud Walid al-Lahham, and Issa Maali, were arrested after Israeli soldiers raided and searched the homes of their relatives.

    There was no response from the army.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies