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Report: Israel has killed 2 journalists, wounded 254 this year

Funeral procession of Gazan video journalist and photographer Yaser Murtaja, killed by Israeli snipers despite wearing a vest marked ‘PRESS’, while covering the The Great March of Return on April 6, 2018 [Mohammad Asad / Middle East Monitor]
Funeral procession of Gazan video journalist and photographer Yaser Murtaja, killed by Israeli snipers despite wearing a vest marked ‘PRESS’, while covering the The Great March of Return on April 6, 2018 [Mohammad Asad / Middle East Monitor]

Israeli occupation forces have killed two Palestinian journalists and wounded 254 in Gaza, and arrested 82 in the occupied West Bank since the start of the year, a report issued yesterday revealed.

According to Quds Press, the report, which was issued by the Journalist Support Committee (JSC), said that it had documented 638 Israeli violations against Palestinian journalists since the start of the year.

The JSC said that occupation forces killed journalists Yaser Murtaja and Ahmed Abu Hussein while covering the Great March of Return protests in the Gaza Strip.

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May, the JSC said, witnessed a hike in Israeli violations against the Palestinian journalists as 129 were wounded, mostly in Gaza.

The report also documented 49 raids of Palestinian media offices, inspections and violations which saw equipment damaging or confiscated.

“The Israeli occupation insists on targeting Palestinian media freedoms through its continuous attacks on Palestinian journalists without any international pressure,” JSC Coordinator Saleh Al-Masri said.

He added: “The continuous Israeli aggression violates all international conventions and declarations on the freedom of expression.”

The JSC is a non-profit organisation that promotes and protects media freedoms, freedom of expression, and journalists rights. It issued the report on the occasion of international day of solidarity with the Palestinian journalists.

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