The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), said six journalists were among the civilians who were killed, injured, or missing in the ongoing conflict between the Israeli military and the Palestinian Hamas militant group.
On Saturday, the first day the rockets exchange broke between the two rivals, three Palestinian journalists Ibrahim Mohammad Lafi, a photographer for Ain Media agency who died at the Erez Crossing along the northern Gaza border, and Mohammad Jarghoun, a reporter with Smart Media were shot dead while reporting.
Freelance journalist Mohammad El Salhi was also shot dead on the border to the east of al-Bureij, a Palestinian refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, CPJ noted.
It said Ibrahim Qanan, a correspondent for Al Ghad channel, was injured by shrapnel in the southern Gaza city of Khan Yunis, while two other Palestinian photographers, Nidal Al-Wahidi from the Al Najah channel and Haitham Abdelwahid from the Ain Media agency have also been reported missing since Saturday.
Israeli authorities have systematically repressed Palestinians for decades and since 2007 have imposed a crushing closure on Gaza’s population. On October 7, its Energy Minister announced that Israeli authorities would no longer provide electricity to Gaza’s 2.2 million residents.
Palestinian armed group’s apparent deliberate targeting of civilians, indiscriminate attacks, and taking of civilians as hostages amount to war crimes under international humanitarian law.