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Palestinian journalist assaulted by Israeli soldiers near Bethlehem

Feb. 15, 2014 10:50 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 17, 2014 9:38 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli soldiers reportedly assaulted a Palestinian photojournalist while he was filming a documentary in the village of Wadi Fukin, southwest of Bethlehem on Saturday, family members told Ma'an.

Yousef Shakarnah was filming a documentary about the plight of locals who work inside Israel when soldiers assaulted him, causing him bruises and injuries all over his body.

Shakarna was subsequently transferred to al-Yamamah Hospital following the attack.

The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate condemned the attack on Shakarna and accused Israeli occupation forces of "targeting journalists to try to conceal the truth."

The union said in a statement to Ma'an that it would file a formal complaint to the international federation of journalists about the incident.

An Israeli military spokesperson said they were looking into the incident.

Correction: An earlier version of this story identified the journalist who was assaulted as "Joseph Shakarna," but his name is in fact "Yousef Shakarnah."
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