Among 15 undergraduate nursing students at her class, Shorouq Abu Musameh decided to volunteer and be with paramedics deployed along the border.
“I wanted to do my part in supporting the marches of return,” said Abu Musameh, her white uniform stained with the blood of the wounded. “I say to myself my uniform may protect me, or maybe not.”
– From an interview with injured medic Shorouq Abu Musameh, shot by a live bullet in her back on Friday, by Reuters in May
On Friday, August 31st, Gazans gathered by the fence for the 23rd Friday in a row to demonstrate for their freedom, their rights and for the right to return. About 2/3 of Gaza’s population are refugees of war or their descendants.
According to the spokesperson for the Gaza ministry of health, at least 240 were injured and at least 2 seriously, including a 10 year old boy. Further proving the deliberate targeting of medical workers during the protests, a Palestinian female paramedic, Shorouq Abu Musameh, was seriously injured by Israeli snipers as she was tending to the wounded. Additionally, an ambulance belonging to the Red Crescent was targeted and damaged.
So far, three health workers have been killed and at least 53 injured while providing first aid to the wounded during the Marches, most while wearing clothing identifying them as medics. Overall, at least 166 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the protests began in March and over 18,000 have been injured.
At the same time, the United States announced the cutting of all funding for UNRWA, the UN agency that assists millions of Palestinian refugees.
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