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Israeli press group slams army's detention of journalists

June 25, 2013 12:11 P.M. (Updated: June 26, 2013 2:41 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A group of Israeli journalists condemned the detention of two Palestine TV journalists covering clashes in the Kafr Qaddum village in Qalqiliya on Friday, a statement issued Tuesday read.

Israeli Journalists for Palestinian Issues said Israeli forces must treat journalists as "neutral" and should not expose them to risk of shooting or assault.

"We are covering the Palestinian issue from all sides. We respect journalism and journalists should be treated with respect, kept far from assaults, regardless of politics," the statement read.

Israeli forces detained Palestine TV reporter Ahmad Shawr and cameraman Bashar Nazzal after damaging their camera and preventing them from covering the weekly march in Kafr Qaddum.

Three people were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets in clashes with Israeli forces during the protests.

The group of 14 TV, online and radio journalists from Israel described the Israeli army's response as "brutal."

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