Posted: August 24, 2018 07:00
JERUSALEM (AP) – Israel has identified a Palestinian militant who says he tried to carry out a cross-border attack this week, saying that he worked as a nurse for the MSF-aid group.
A statement released last Thursday by COGAT, the Israeli defense body responsible for Palestinian civilian affairs, said Hani al-Majdalawi was trying to infiltrate Israel from Gaza, fire-lit soldiers and threw a bomb.
Israeli forces shot and killed al-Majdalawi during the attack on Monday. The Israeli army has not said whether it contains al-Majdalawi's remains.
According to the statement, the Commander of COGAT, Major General Kamil Abu Rokon, said that those who "partake in saving lives should help with humanitarian activities in the Gaza Strip and not participate in terrorism."
Alva White, spokeswoman for Médecins Sans Frontières, confirmed that al-Majdalawi had worked for the organization and that he had been killed by Israeli forces. She said that the group, also known under the French acronym MSF, "was in the process of verifying and understanding the circumstances relating to this extraordinarily serious incident."
Al-Majdalawi's brother Osama said on Facebook that his brother had bought the gun with his own money and that he was not affiliated with a militant group, but a newly married man with a pregnant woman.
The Monday incident came between Egyptian attempts to mediate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist militant group that governs the Gaza Strip. The two sides have come close to serious conflicts in recent weeks, when militants launched missiles and mortars to Israel, who took revenge with air strikes.
Since March, Hamas leaders have been organizing violent protests along the Gaza border every week.
Conflicts with Israeli forces at the border have killed at least 168 Palestinians by Israeli fire, including at least 125 demonstrators, according to the Hamas-led Ministry of Health and a local law group. An Israeli soldier was killed by a sniper from Gaza in the same period.