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Israeli forces briefly detain journalists in eastern Hebron

Oct. 26, 2015 7:43 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 27, 2015 3:37 P.M.)
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Monday briefly detained several Palestinian journalists who were trying to cover clashes in Beit Einun in eastern Hebron that broke out after a Palestinian was shot dead there.

Jihad Qawasma, a manager with the Palestine TV news channel told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers detained one of the channel's television crews.

He said that soldiers "deliberately" prevented the journalists from covering nearby events, adding that they were released after intervention by the Palestinian liaison department.

Earlier this month, a Palestinian press freedoms watchdog accused Israeli forces of targeting a number of Palestinian journalists across the occupied West Bank as clashes swept the territory.

The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms, known as MADA, condemned "Israeli violations against Palestinian journalists," and urged the international community to pressure Israel's government to prevent such incidents.

On Monday, Palestinian journalists across the Gaza Strip reported that Israeli troops were "deliberately targeting” media while covering clashes between young Palestinians and Israeli forces near the border fence between the coastal enclave and Israel.

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 at the time.

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

Al-Astal added that the union had “updated the International Federation of Journalists of the terrorism against Palestinian journalists at the hands of Israeli occupation forces.”
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