Killing of Palestinian medic, ‘reckless at best, and possibly a war crime’

A relative mourns during the funeral of Palestinian nurse Razan Al-Najar, who according to health officials and a witness was killed by Israeli forces as she tried to help a wounded protester at the Gaza border, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip June 2, 2018.. (photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM)

The death of Razan Najjar, a Palestinian medic shot by IDF fire in June, has been regarded as intentional and unquestionably reckless shooting, which could possibly be regarded as a war crime, according to a New York Times investigation.

According to the investigation, Najjar was killed by an Israeli sniper, leaving no question as to whether it was done purposefully, nor did she pose a threat to the forces or offer herself as human shield, as the IDF claimed.

A video released by the IDF in June appears to show Razan Najjar throwing a smoke grenade into an open area and announcing that she is offering herself as a human shield, which the New York Times called “a tendentiously edited video.”

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