Tarek Loubani, London Doctor, Shot By Israeli Troops While Treating Gaza Protesters

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 17, 2018

According to The Globe and Mail, he worked as a field doctor in Tanzania, Iraq and southern Lebanon and was now in Gaza, and is now present in Gaza as part of a medical team tending to those injured by Israeli gunfire during protests against the opening of US embassy in Jerusalem. "It was quiet at the exact moment I got shot", recalled Dr. Tarek Loubani.

Dr. Tarek Loubani, who made headlines in 2013 when he and filmmaker John Greyson were held in custody in Egypt for nearly two months, was shot in the leg Monday as he treated the wounded during protests in eastern Gaza.

Dr Loubani, an emergency physician who practises in London, Ontario, and at the Shifa Hospital in Gaza, said in a blog post that one paramedic was killed and several others were wounded on Monday as Israeli troops opened fire during the protests.

"We were standing well away from the main protest area. The snipers in the three sniper outposts all had clear views of us", he wrote.

"There were no protesters in our immediate vicinity", he said.

"I heard a loud bang and found myself on the ground", Loubani said.

Dr Loubani said he was shot late in the morning and received a "moderate" wound to his left calf and minor injuries to his right knee.

A wounded Palestinian is evacuated during a protest against USA embassy move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip May 14, 2018. "I believe that I was shot with a regular bullet and not the exploding bullets that are causing severe injuries reported today and on other days".

"There was a decision taken by the Palestinian people in the run-up to the series of protests to make them peaceful", Loubani said on The Craig Needles Show on Tuesday.

About an hour later, one of those paramedics, Musa Abuhassanin, was shot and killed while attempting to rescue another person, Loubani said.

Dr Loubani said paramedics had worn fluorescent high visibility jackets to identify themselves as medics.

Smoke rises as Israeli soldiers are seen on the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip, Israel, May 14, 2018.

In response to the news of Loubani's injury, the Montreal-based non-profit group Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) released a statement calling on the Canadian government to condemn the violence in Gaza.

But the U.S. has said Israel acted with "restraint".

"We were there as a medical team working on a few things, including trialing a tourniquet, because so many Palestinians die of bleeding out when they get shot and we can't get them to hospital in time".

They lose their protection only "if they commit, outside their humanitarian function, acts harmful to the enemy".

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