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Al Jazeera journalists targeted and injured in Israeli airstrike, network condemns

Two Al Jazeera journalists in Gaza are severely wounded in an Israeli strike, with one at risk of losing his life. The network calls it a deliberate targeting of its crew and condemns Israel's actions.

Ibrahim Hasouna, center, the sole survivor among his family, stands amidst the debris of his bombed home in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. On Monday, February 12, Hasouna lost eight family members, including three children, He says the house was bombed during an Israeli operation to rescue hostages held in a building in another part of town. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair) (AP)Premium
Ibrahim Hasouna, center, the sole survivor among his family, stands amidst the debris of his bombed home in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. On Monday, February 12, Hasouna lost eight family members, including three children, He says the house was bombed during an Israeli operation to rescue hostages held in a building in another part of town. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair) (AP)

In a recent incident, Al Jazeera, a Qatar-based broadcaster, strongly criticized Israel for its actions, accusing the country of intentionally targeting and causing severe injuries to two of its journalists in a Gaza strike. Reporter Ismail Abu Omar's life is at risk and cameraman Ahmad Matar was severely wounded when the pair were hit in Gaza's southern city of Rafah.

Al Jazeera said the strike was a "fully fledged crime which adds to Israel's crime against journalists" and was aimed at preventing reporters covering the war.

"Targeting the reporter Ismail and cameraman Ahmad is a new episode in a series by the (Israeli) occupation deliberately targeting Al Jazeera crews," the network said in a statement.

Abu Omar's right leg was blown off in the drone strike, while doctors were trying to save the left one, Al Jazeera said, quoting an emergency physician.

The health ministry in Gaza said the two were hit in a strike from an Israeli warplane in the Moraj area.

According to Al Jazeera, at least 94 Palestinian journlaists have lost their livves since Israel began attacking the densely populated Gaza Strip.

The United States, Israel's vital ally, offered its "sincere condolences" over the injuries and noted that they were not the first Al Jazeera journalists harmed during the conflict.

The two journalists have been admitted to the European Hospital, on the southern edge of Khan Younis city.

The World Health Organization said Tuesday the facility is "overwhelmed, overcrowded and undersupplied" with more than 20,000 people sheltering in the hospital.

Hamas' government media office said it "condemns in the strongest terms the Israeli occupation army's targeting of the Al Jazeera crew".

The Israeli military did not immediately comment on the strike when contacted by AFP, saying only it would check the details of the incident.

Two other journalists with the broadcaster have been killed during Israel's war against Hamas in Gaza, while bureau chief Wael al-Dahdouh was wounded.

His son and fellow journalist Hamza Wael al-Dahdouh was killed when Israeli forces targeted a car last month, along with another video journalist, Mustafa Thuria.

The network's cameraman Samer Abu Daqqa was killed in a separate strike in December.

The Committee to Protect Journalists has recorded the deaths of at least 85 journalists and media workers -- 78 of them Palestinian -- since the war erupted on October 7.

(With AFP inputs)

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Published: 14 Feb 2024, 07:32 AM IST
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