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Israel 'deliberately targeting' Palestinian journalists, media body says

Smoke and flame rise after Israeli fighter jets' airstrike hit an area in Khan Yunis, Gaza on 13 May 2021. [Abed Rahim Khatib - Anadolu Agency]
Smoke and flame rise after Israeli fighter jets' airstrike hit an area in Khan Yunis, Gaza on 13 May 2021. [Abed Rahim Khatib - Anadolu Agency]

Israeli occupation forces "deliberately targeted Palestinian journalists who cover attacks and violations against Jerusalem and worshipers in the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque", the Coalition For Women In Journalism (CFWIJ) has warned.

At least 10 journalists, two of whom were women, were injured during the incidents.

In a statement the CFWIJ said this it "is utterly dismayed by the deliberate and vicious attacks against journalists."

During the past few days, many violations were committed against the press, with them being prevented from covering events in the occupied city of Jerusalem and the Sheikh Jarrah area.

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Palestine reporter Liwa Abu Armila suffered from tear gas inhalation while following the raids while journalist Fatima Al-Bakri was also physically assaulted by the Israeli occupation forces.

On 8 May occupation forces attacked journalists by spraying skunk water at them to damage their equipment, reporter Maysa Abu Ghazaleh was among them.

The CFWIJ continued: " We applaud the brave journalists who are covering the incidents in the field despite the large scale of the Israeli attacks. However, we demand the Israel state to end these devastating attacks against Palestinians. Journalists must report in a free and safe environment and the security forces must respond to provide it to them."

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