Palestinian medic dies in clashes with Israeli soldiers

Palestinian medic dies in clashes with Israeli soldiers

Israeli soldiers shot dead a teenage Palestinian medic in the West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry have said.

Sajid Muzher, 17, was killed at the Dheisheh refugee camp next to Bethlehem, the ministry said in a statement. 

"The killing by the Occupation of the volunteer paramedic with live bullets in the stomach is a war crime," the Palestinian health minister Jawad Awad said.

Muzher had worked for the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, which later said he was shot while attempting to treat one of those wounded by Israeli fire. He died of his injuries in hospital and was buried on Wednesday afternoon.

Yesterday, Israeli troops had entered the area, leading to a confrontation with residents, who threw stones. Medical teams had rushed in to provide first aid.  

The Israeli military said in a statement that a "violent riot" was instigated during operation activity. "Dozens of rioters hurled blocks and firebombs at the troops, who responded with riot dispersal means. A report was received regarding an injured Palestinian," the Guardian cited the statement as saying.