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Canadian doctor says he's recovering after being shot in legs during Gaza protest

Last Updated May 15, 2018 at 3:47 pm MDT

Palestinian medics and protesters evacuate a wounded youth during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Monday, May 14, 2018. Thousands of Palestinians are protesting near Gaza's border with Israel, as Israel prepared for the festive inauguration of a new U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

GAZA STRIP, Palestinian Territories – A Canadian doctor says he is recovering after being shot while helping tend to wounded protesters in Gaza on Monday.

Tarek Loubani is an emergency physician at the London Health Sciences Centre in Ontario and at Shifa Hospital in Gaza, and is also a member of a team testing 3D-printed tourniquets in Gaza.

Loubani says in a blog post that most paramedics in his team wore fluorescent high visibility jackets and he was wearing a hospital green top and bottom so he could be identified as medical staff.

He says several members of the medical team were wounded and he suffered a moderate injury to his left leg and a minor one to his right leg.

Loubani says he was taken to hospital, stabilized and discharged after X-rays showed no bone injury.

Israeli soldiers shot and killed 59 Palestinians and wounded hundreds during the mass protests on the Gaza border on Monday.

“I was shot toward the end of the morning,” Loubani said in his blog.

“There were no protesters in our immediate vicinity,” he said. “I heard a loud bang and found myself on the ground.”

Loubani said his team’s 3D-printed tourniquet could be manufactured in Gaza at a cost of about US$7 to help reduce deaths due to blood loss.

Previously Loubani created a low-cost stethoscope using a 3D printer, the first in a series of inventions he hopes will help alleviate medical supply shortages on the Gaza Strip.

Loubani also spent two months in an Egyptian jail in 2013 after being arrested and beaten during an anti-government protest.