Two Palestinian journalists killed, 278 injured by Israeli gunfire in 2018 – study

RAMALLAH, Thursday, Israeli soldiers shot and killed two Palestinian journalists and wounded 278 others in 2018, a study by the official Palestinian news agency WAFA said on Thursday.

It said cameraman Yasser Murtaja, who worked for Ein Media, and Ahmad Abu Hussein, photojournalist for Bisan agency, both in Gaza, were killed while covering March of Return protests on the Gaza border with Israel.

Murtaja was shot by a live bullet on April 6 while covering protests east of Khan Younis in the south of the Gaza Strip, and Abu Hussein was shot in the abdomen and seriously wounded on April 13 and died of his wounds on April 25.

The study said 278 journalists were injured in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip from rubber-coated metal rounds, tear gas inhalation, assault and others.

In addition 121 cases of journalists being harassed, withheld and shot at but not injured by Israeli soldiers were recorded in 2018 and 12 cases of raids against media offices and confiscation of equipment, including a break into WAFA headquarters in Ramallah on December 10 during which staff were held in one room and tear gas was fired inside the building causing suffocation cases.

The study said a total of 413 Israeli violations against journalists in the occupied territories were documented in 2018.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency