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Gaza journalists say Israeli forces 'deliberately target' media

Oct. 25, 2015 1:38 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 25, 2015 4:41 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Palestinian journalists across the Gaza Strip, who work for different Palestinian, Arab and international news agencies, are reporting that Israeli troops have "deliberately targeted” media while covering clashes between young Palestinian men and Israeli forces near the border fence between the coastal enclave and Israel.

Palestine TV reporter Sali al-Sakni told Ma’an on Sunday her and her crew had deliberately stayed away from the center of clashes near al-Bureij refugee camp, but that they were still "showered with tear gas" while covering the clashes.

She added that dozens of other reporters and photojournalists “wearing helmets and flak-jackets with 'PRESS’ marked clearly,” were also attacked with tear gas in the area. Al-Sakni said three tear gas canisters were fired directly at her crew.

Similarly, cameraman of Palestine Today news agency Dawood Abu al-Kas was hit with a rubber-coated bullet in the foot while covering clashes near the bordes opposite to the Israeli Kibbutz of Nahal Oz in the northeast Gaza Strip.

"I was trying to capture photos while standing near an ambulance more than 300 meters away from the border fence when I was shot," al-Kas told Ma'an.

Al-Kas highlighted that he was wearing a flak-jacket marked "PRESS" during the incident.

Al-Kas said that having been shot would not deter his efforts to "expose the crimes Israeli occupation commits against the Palestinian people.”

The deputy speaker of the Union of Gaza Journalists, Tahsin al-Astal, said Israeli assaults against journalists are consistent with Israeli violations of Palestinian rights in general.

“The Israeli occupation carries out systematic assaults against journalists who work in the field to prevent them from telling the truth about the crimes the occupation forces are committing against the Palestinian people,” al-Astal said.

“These serious breaches are classified war crimes and violations to international treaties and conventions,” he said.

Al-Astal added that the Union of Gaza Journalists, “has updated the International Federation of Journalists of the terrorism against Palestinian journalists at the hands of Israeli occupation forces.”

The IFJ, he said, is expected to issue a press release condemning “Israeli crimes and breaches against our people.”




Donna / Canada
That's because Palestinian journalists are the ONLY media in the world that zionists CAN'T control.
25/10/2015 15:00
Joe Fattal / USA
All journalists all around the world come under attack in a war zone usualy by the aggressor. And in Israel its no different. Israel as the aggressor wants to have a lid over their human rights violations in a war zone. You wonder now what Israel is doing wrong on their side.
25/10/2015 15:58
Paul Hill / US
Journalists and all Palestinians, great job exposing the war crimes of the evil Zionists of Israel! Many Americans stand with you but Zionists took over our political system and media so many Americans still don't know the truth yet. The occupation will end, it's just a matter of time!! Best of luck and I'll keep doing my best to protest Israel's crimes to my government leaders and recommend America stop protecting Israel at the UN! Hang in there!
28/10/2015 11:36
Rose Bailey / Isle of Man
Thank God for social media, the camera is the Palestinians best friend.
28/10/2015 18:12
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