The Israeli military said on Tuesday initial findings from an investigation into the killing of a Palestinian nurse during protests on the Gaza border showed that she was not shot deliberately.
The IDF's Arabic spokesperson commented on the death of a female Palestinian medic shot last Friday during the Hamas-led riots near the security fence at the Israel-Gaza border, saying she was "no angel of mercy".
The Israeli investigation is expected to continue for quite some time, and officials say only a "small number of bullets" were fired at the time Najjar was killed.
Gaza medics say the Israeli army has killed 120 Palestinians during the weekly Friday protests launched on March 30 in the Gaza Strip, an enclave controlled by the Islamist Hamas group and long subject to grinding Israeli and Egyptian embargoes.
For this reason the sniper positions along the border have been elevated in recent weeks to allow the snipers to shoot over the fence more easily, the officer disclosed.
The specter of a mass border breach from the Palestinian enclave terrifies many Israelis and has caused high levels of support for the army's conduct despite an worldwide outcry at the high number of deaths, including from Israel's allies.
The Jerusalem Day protests are being held each year on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
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"We want to remind the world that the Israeli occupation is committing the same massacres that the Nazis committed", said activist Ahmed Abu Artima.
Palestinians said she repeatedly told the soldiers to leave her land, which is considered occupied under worldwide law.
Since late April thousands of Palestinians have been taking part in protests along the Gaza-Israel border that quickly turned violent, calling for the right to return to their ancestral homelands in what is now Israel. Two-thirds of Gaza's 2 million residents are descendants of refugees. The spokesman said that he was "given medical treatment at the scene", but did not survive.
Najjar, 21, was killed supposedly while attending to a Palestinian wounded on the battlefield.
Israel came under withering global criticism over the high number of deaths as its troops faced off along the border, including from allies.
Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East war.