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Redditor Questions the Credibility of the Story of a Canadian Doctor Shot by Israeli Sniper. Doctor Shows Up in Comments

By Petr Navovy | Miscellaneous | May 16, 2018 |

By Petr Navovy | Miscellaneous | May 16, 2018 |


We won’t go over what is happening in Gaza right now again. 58 Palestinians dead, over 2,000 wounded. Local hospitals struggling to cope. The United States fully supportive of Israel’s actions.

Instead let’s just focus on one detail here: The Canadian doctor and his wounding by Israeli sniper fire.

The Globe And Mail ran this story yesterday:

A Canadian-Palestinian doctor was shot in the legs by an Israeli sniper and one of his paramedics was killed on the Gaza border Monday as clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli Defence Forces left dozens dead and more than 1,000 wounded.

Dr. Tarek Loubani, an emergency physician from London, Ont., who is also an associate professor at the University of Western Ontario’s medical school, joined medical teams on the Gaza border Monday to care for Palestinians who might be injured in demonstrations against the inauguration of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

This story was posted on Reddit, where a commenter showed up to question its credibility, as well as to ask for further details on the doctor’s whereabouts within the protest.

Quite remarkably, the doctor in question himself showed up to respond:

I urge you to read Tarek’s full linked piece. Here it is again. This is not the first time that IDF soldiers have fired at medical personnel.

Over the past two weeks (28 February - 13 March 2002), the intentional attacks on medical teams and the prevention of medical teams from treating the sick and wounded have been almost unprecedented. IDF soldiers have fired at ambulances, killing five Palestinian medical personnel who were on duty, wounded several members of ambulance medical teams, and damaging the ambulances. In addition, the IDF prevented medical treatment to the sick and wounded, even leaving people to bleed to death. Hospitals have been unable to function because of the damage to the electricity, water, and telephone infrastructure, and the blocking of access to some of them. As a result, the hospitals are unable to receive the wounded and sick, or obtain food and medicine.

(Header photo courtesy of Getty Images)