The chairman of the non-governmental organization Press House-Palestine, Belal Jadallah, and two other journalists were killed last weekend as a result of the offensive of Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip, Reuters reported. Since the beginning of the war between Israel and the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, 48 media representatives have been killed.
Reuters cites data from the American organization Committee to Protect Journalists. The victims include 43 Palestinian journalists, four Israeli journalists and one Lebanese reporter.
Journalists in Gaza ‘make great sacrifices’
As of November 19, when CPJ reported this information, nine journalists were injured and three were missing. 13 media representatives were detained. CPJ also has reports of reporters being threatened, attacked and their family members killed.
– Journalists in this region make great sacrifices to cover this tragic conflict. Journalists in Gaza, in particular, have paid and continue to pay an unprecedentedly high price. They face rapidly growing threats. Many lost colleagues, families, their media and fled in search of safety at a time when there was no exit and shelter, said the organization’s coordinator Sherif Mansour.
“The Deadliest Conflict for Reporters”
Previously, the Committee to Protect Journalists estimated that on average one journalist has been killed every day since the beginning of the conflict in Gaza. The organization said it was “the deadliest conflict for reporters since it began keeping statistics in 1992.”
Reuters reported that on Sunday, as a result of the offensive of Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip, the chairman of the non-governmental organization Press House-Palestine, Belal Jadallah, was killed. Reuters cites his relatives who told the agency in a telephone conversation that Jadallah was killed in the Zeitoun district of Gaza City. The cause of death was said to be a bullet fired from an Israeli tank.
Press House-Palestine’s website states that the organization’s goal is to promote “independent Palestinian media that reflect the values and principles of democracy and freedom of expression.”-
On Saturday, two Palestinian journalists, Sari Mansour and Hassouneh Salim, were killed in an Israeli attack on the al-Burayj refugee camp in the Gaza Strip.
One of the reporters on CPJ’s victim list is Reuters reporter Issam Abdallah, who was killed in Lebanon near the border with Israel in October.
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