Israeli forces shot a Canadian doctor in the leg on Monday as he treated wounded Palestinians protesting in Gaza and killed his medical assistant.
Dr Tarek Loubani, who works as an emergency physician in London, Ontario, and teaches at Western Ontario’s medical school, said he was wearing a distinctive green surgeon’s scrubs and was standing with several paramedics decked in bright orange vests that signify their status as medical workers.
“I am very seasoned about not being shot at. I know where to stand. I know where to be. I know how not to get shot,” he told the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail.
“Snipers don’t reach me because of mistakes. I did everything right. We were all huddled. It was quiet at the exact moment I got shot. The bullet went through my left leg, through my right leg out and hit the ground,” Loubani added.
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Loubani’s medical assistant, Musa Abuhassanin, was shot and killed by Israeli forces.
“There was relatively heavy fire that was going on. He was wearing a high visibility jacket. It was clearly marked. He was shot in the chest,” Loubani said.
“They couldn’t remove him. They couldn’t recover him for about 30 minutes until finally they dragged him to a blind spot and then dragged him down a hill and took him to the hospital in a civilian vehicle. He died before he got to the hospital,” he said.
Israel has targeted health workers since the protests in Gaza began on 30 March. According to the World Health Organisation, there have been 229 attacks against medical personnel that have helped treat wounded Palestinians.
Doctors Without Borders issued a statement describing chaotic scenes at Gaza's hospitals, condemning Israel’s attacks on medical workers on Monday.'
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