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Journalists in Gaza Are Targeted by Israeli War Planes


PCHR Strongly Condemns Targeting of Journalists in Gaza by Israeli Warplanes PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 18 November 2012 00:00


Ref: 128/2012 

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The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the wounding of 10 journalists

and media professionals while they were carrying out their jobs, when Israeli Occupation Forces attacked

the offices of al-Quds Television and al-Aqsa Television this morning.  PCHR stresses that journalists and

media professionals, like civilian persons, enjoy special protection in time of war under international

humanitarian law; targeting them constitutes a systematic crime to silence the press and prevent journalists

from reporting on the crimes that are being committed by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians

in the Gaza Strip.


According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 01:35 on Sunday, 18 November 2012,

Israeli warplanes fired 4 missiles at the office of al-Quds Satellite Channel, which is located on the top

floor of the 11-storey Shawa and Hussari tower building in Gaza City.  The missiles penetrated the roof

of the building and exploded inside the office.  As a result, 7 journalists and trainees who were in the office

were wounded.  The wounds of two were described as serious; Khader al-Zahhar, 20, lost his leg in the attack

and sustained shrapnel wounds throughout his body, and Mohammed al-Akhras, 20, also sustained extensive

shrapnel wounds.  The other persons who were wounded are:


1- Ibrahim Lubbas, 22, who sustained bruising throughout his body;

2- Omar al-Efranji, 18, who sustained bruising throughout his body;

3- Hussein al-Madhoun, 22, who sustained bruising throughout his body;

4- Hazem al-Da'our, 25, who suffered from temporary suffo cation; and

5- Darwish Bulbol, 29, who suffered from temporary suffocation. 


The office and the nearby offices of al-Quds Radio and Ramattan News Agency were extensively damaged.


At approximately 06:55. also on Sunday, a missile was fired at the office of al-Aqsa Television on the 15th

floor of al-Shorouq tower building in the west of Gaza City.  The missile penetrated to the 14th floor and

exploded inside the offices of Palestine Media Production (PMP).  As a result, 3 journalists were

moderately wounded:


1- Mazen Naeem, 27, Correspondent of Press TV;

2- Mohammed al-Sharafi, 30; a cameraman of PMP; and

3- Mohammed al-Mubayidh, 25, a cameraman of PMP. 


The offices of al-Aqsa Television and PMP were damaged.


At the time of writing this press release, media reports indicate that, early this afternoon, Israeli forces

requested international journalists to leave al-Shorouq tower building in Gaza City; this indicates that

more crimes may be committed against journalists and media institutions in the Gaza Strip.  It is worth noting

that many local and international press and media outlets use these offices, including Fox News, Abu Dhabi

Satellite Channel, Dubai Channel, al-Arabiya News Channel, MBC and PMP, which provides media services to

many international televisions. 


Additionally, in the early morning, Israeli forces jammed the broadcasts of a number of local radio stations,

and broadcast messages on the waves of these stations.  Further to this, 4 local news websites were hacked

by Israeli forces on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. 


It should be noted that Israeli forces have committed dozens of crimes against local and international journalists

since 2000.  As a result of these crimes, 11 journalists, including two international ones, have been killed while

carrying out their jobs reporting on crimes committed by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians, and dozens

of other journalists have been wounded.


PCHR strongly condemns crimes committed by Israeli forces against journalists and media professionals, who

enjoy special protection in time of war under the international humanitarian law.  PCHR calls upon the international

community, in particular the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Geneva Conventions, to fulfill their obligations

to ensure respect for the Convention, and to effectively intervene to prevent grave breaches of the Convention

by Israel.


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Photo by PCHR


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Photo by PCHR


 Photo by PCHR