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Protests resume after funeral of Palestinian nurse

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By Louise Miner  with Reuters
Protests resume after funeral of Palestinian nurse

An investigation by the Israeli military is underway after a Palestinian nurse was allegedly killed during protests along the Gaza border on Saturday.

Health officials say Israeli forces shot dead Razan al-Najar, a volunteer medic, as she was running to a casualty by a border fence, east of the south Gaza city of Khan Younis.

Thousands of people, including medical workers in white uniforms, attended the medic's funeral on Saturday.

Her death has brought the total of Palestinians killed in the weekly demonstrations to 119.

Her mother shows cotton wool and bandages and says, "This is my daughter's weapon, this is what she was resisting with, on what basis did the soldier kill her? She has been targeted since the first day of protests, so many times she has survived death, she would come and tell me what she went through."

After the funeral, mourners headed to the fence and started throwing stones at Israeli soldiers on the other side. The Palestinian Health Ministry said, five protesters, were wounded by Israeli fire.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian man who tried to ram a tractor into soldiers and civilians in the occupied West Bank at Hebron on Saturday has been shot dead by Israeli troops.

The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed the man was killed but officials gave no further details on the incident.

It comes at a time of heightened tensions between Israel and the Palestinians.