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Gaza: Palestinian journalists and paramedics targeted by Israeli occupation forces

September 19, 2023 at 12:35 pm

Paramedics treat Palestinian journalists affected by tear gas during a protest against the Jewish raid on Al-Aqsa Mosque in Gaza City, Gaza on September 17, 2023 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian journalists and paramedics were targeted by Israeli occupation forces on Monday evening during a protest in the north of the Gaza Strip, Wafa has reported.

Israeli troops fired gas canisters directly at ambulances, paramedics and press crews east of Jabaliya in the besieged Palestinian territory. The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza confirmed the report, but said all casualties received treatment on the spot, rather than in hospital.

Hundreds of Palestinians were protesting against Israeli aggression at Al-Aqsa Mosque and prisoners on hunger strike when the attacks on journalists and paramedics occurred. Last week, Israeli occupation forces targeted Palestinian photojournalist Ashraf Abu Amra while he was covering similar protests.

Israel targets non-combatants frequently, especially journalists and medics. In 2022, for example, an Israeli sniper shot and killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in Jenin. In 2018, volunteer medic Razan Al-Najjar, 21, was shot and killed while tending to Palestinians wounded during the Great March of Return protests in Gaza.

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