JERUSALEM (AP) — In a story Aug. 24 about a Palestinian nurse involved in an attack against Israeli forces, The Associated Press reported erroneously that his employer, Doctors Without Borders, said he had been killed by Israeli troops. The group says he was killed, but it did not provide a cause of death.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Israel says Palestinian militant worked as nurse for MSF
Israel identifies Palestinian militant who it says attempted cross-border attack, says he was a nurse with MSF
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By ILAN BEN ZION
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has identified a Palestinian militant who it says attempted to carry out a cross-border attack this week, saying he worked as a nurse for the aid group Doctors Without Borders.
A statement released late Thursday by COGAT, the Israeli defense body responsible for Palestinian civilian affairs, said Hani al-Majdalawi tried to infiltrate Israel from Gaza, opened fire at soldiers and threw a bomb.
Israeli troops apparently shot and killed al-Majdalawi during the attack on Monday. The Israeli military has not said whether it is holding al-Majdalawi’s remains.
According to the statement, COGAT’s commander, Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rokon, said those who take “part in saving lives should assist in humanitarian activities in the Gaza Strip, and should not take part in terrorism.”
Alva White, spokeswoman for Doctors Without Borders, confirmed al-Majdalawi had worked for the organization. She said the group, also known under its French acronym MSF was “working to verify and understand the circumstances regarding this extremely serious incident.”
Al-Majdalawi’s brother Osama said on Facebook that his brother had bought the rifle with his own money and that he was not affiliated with any militant group but a newly married man with a pregnant wife.
Monday’s incident came amid Egyptian efforts to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist militant group that rules the Gaza Strip. The two sides have come close to serious conflict in recent weeks, as militants launched rockets and mortars into Israel, which retaliated with airstrikes.
Since March, Hamas leaders have organized violent protests weekly along the Gaza border fence.
Clashes with Israeli troops on the border have seen at least 168 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire, including at least 125 protesters, according to the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry and a local rights group. An Israeli soldier was killed by a Gaza sniper during this same period.