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Today, #Israel killed our colleague Haytham Harara, a seasoned journalist, who only cared about covering events professionally and independently.
Haytham was killed while he was covering at Al Shifa Hospital in #Gaza.
Our condolences to his family and loved ones… pic.twitter.com/s18SuqpvBr
— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) November 3, 2023
Israeli occupation soldiers detain veteran journalist Mohammad Al-Atrash after raiding his home in Hebron, the occupied West Bank. pic.twitter.com/sEPmVikibr
— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) November 8, 2023
Readers may be interested in this Le Monde piece (English) from October 13 —
And this brief report via Sputnik —
Our featured image, from Committee to Project Journalists, comes with this text:
Journalists carry mock coffins of Palestinian journalists killed during the Israel-Gaza war in a procession toward a United Nations office in the West Bank on November 7. (Photo: AP/Nasser Nasser)
Nearly 50 journalists in Gaza killed by Israeli bombs
Israel is targeting journalists in an apparent bid to prevent news of its ongoing bombing campaign from getting out
THE CRADLE NEWSDESK
Journalists continue to be victims of the Israeli bombing campaign on the Gaza Strip as the killing of two journalists on 7 November brings the death toll up to 49.
Today, journalists Yahya Abu Munie and Mohammad Abu Hasira were killed due to the airstrikes on Gaza.
Abu Hasira was killed long with 42 members of his family during a targeted Israeli strike against their home,
The press, already in a dangerous situation reporting in a war, are now viewed as potential targets by the Israeli air force.
On 2 November, an Israeli air raid killed Palestine TV journalist Mohammed Abu Hatab as well as 10 of his family members.
The network accused Israel of carrying out a “deliberate assassination” as it bombed his family home in Gaza’s Khan Younis, in the south of the territory.
“So many journalists are paying with their lives to bring truth to everybody,” UN. Secretary-General António Guterres had previously said while giving his condolences to the families of slain reporters.
The Israeli army sent a letter to legacy news outlets, Reuters and AFP, telling them that the safety of their reporters on the ground is not guaranteed.
“The [Israeli Army] is targeting all Hamas military activity throughout Gaza,” the statement said. “Under these circumstances, we cannot guarantee your employees’ safety, and we strongly urge you to take all necessary measures for their safety.”
The AFP global news director, Phil Chetwynd, responded to the letter saying, “We are in an incredibly precarious position, and it’s important that the world understands that there is a large team of journalists working in extremely dangerous conditions.”
The targeting of journalists extended beyond Palestine’s borders as well when Israel killed Lebanese journalist Issam Abdallah on 13 October, claiming he and other journalists with him were militants. However, Reporters Without Borders says that it was “impossible for [the journalists] to be mistaken as fighters.”
Samir Ayoub, another Lebanese journalist, lost four relatives in an Israeli airstrike as they travelled in a car behind his near the Israel-Lebanon border.
“The children were burnt in the car right before my eyes and I couldn’t help them,” he told the National. Ayoub’s niece, Huda Hijazi, her three daughters and their grandmother Samira were travelling in the car when it was struck by an Israeli missile. Only his niece Huda survived.
As the death toll in Gaza passes 10,000 and the war enters day 32, Israel is using internet blackouts and its ongoing bombing campaign to make it increasingly difficult for news to leave the besieged enclave for the world to see.
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