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The Killing of
Rouzan Al-Najjar

The Great Return March protests between March and December 2018 were some of the largest in the recent history of Gaza. Israeli security forces responded with the use of live ammunition on an unprecedented scale; over six thousand civilians were injured during the protests, and more than 150 were killed. Thirty-five children were among the dead.

On 1 June 2018, a large group of Palestinian protesters gathered at one of the five principal protest sites, near the village of Khuzaa. At 6:31pm, a shot was fired from beyond the border fence into the crowd. The bullet killed Rouzan al-Najjar, 21, a volunteer medic. Two of her fellow medics, Mohammed Shafee and Rami Abo Jazar, were wounded at the same time. The death of al-Najjar, who was widely revered among the protesters, sent shockwaves throughout Palestine.

Forensic Architecture was commissioned by the New York Times to undertake spatial analysis of the scene of al-Najjar’s death. By digitally recreating the protest site from video evidence, we used the precise location of the three gunshot victims as a means to derive the trajectory of the bullet, and trace its ‘cone of fire’ back to its origin, a sniper’s berm at the border fence.


The Killing of Rouzan Al-Najjar
UK, 2018
Forensic Architecture

20.Nov.2019 2077 views
Forensic Architecture

Forensic Architecture (FA), founded in 2010 by Professor Eyal Weizman, is a multidisciplinary research agency based at Goldsmiths, University of London. We undertake advanced spatial and media investigations into cases of human rights violations, with and on behalf of communities affected by political violence, human rights organisations, international prosecutors, environmental justice groups, and media organisations. FA is committed to developing, disseminating, and employing new techniques for evidence gathering and presentation in the service of human rights and environmental investigations and in support of communities exposed to state violence and persecution.

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