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Israeli Army Paramedic Presented With Marriage Proposal Upon Exiting Gaza

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IDF paramedic Chen Amusi Photo: IDF Spokesman

IDF paramedic Chen Amusi. Photo: IDF Spokesman.

IDF Sgt. Chen Amusi, 21, served for an extended period in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge. When she finished her lifesaving duties, and crossed back into Israel, her beau of four years had a surprise waiting: a wedding ring, Israel’s Channel 2 reported Sunday.

Amusi, a medic with the 401 armored division, said her Golani Brigade boyfriend’s offer, made on bended knee, no less, “was very exciting, but less frightening than being in Gaza!”

Amusi, who lives in an agricultural village in the placid northern Jordan Valley, said “the first few days in Gaza I was kind of in shock, what with all of the explosions, smoke, tunnels and bombings.”

“It took a while, but I became adjusted to the explosions; what was ours and which were theirs, and what to be afraid of,” Amusi told Channel 2.

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As a front-line medic, she provided immediate care for wounded troops.

“We were in a house and I was running an IV for a dehydrated soldier, and suddenly, there was a massive explosion,” she recalled. “We ran outside and saw that the vehicle (which she was traveling in) ‘Windbreaker’ anti-rocket system had detonated the projectile before it hit the vehicle – our fears turned into relief.”

In one case, Amusi was in a house with a Palestinian family with children who, she said, “cried nonstop.”

“I was sitting there blowing up balloons from the latex gloves, until they calmed down. We later ceased-fire and they left,” she said.

“In the end, I cannot remain indifferent. It bothers you, these kids, and I had to make them happy.”

Amusi is set to finish her service after over three years in green, which included a pre-military paramedics course.

The wedding is scheduled to take place in November. Mazal tov.

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