Reporters Without Borders accuses Israel of deliberately targeting journalists

Marsha Scott
April 9, 2018

The rally, known as the "Great March of Return", is considered Gaza's largest mass protest in the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, as tens of thousands of Palestinians gather near the Gaza-Israel border on a daily basis.

The dead included Palestinian video journalist Yasser Murtaja.

Two of those killed were children under the age of 18: Hussein Muhammad Adnan Madi, 13, shot in the stomach with live fire east of Gaza City, and Alaa al-Din Yahya Ismail al-Zamli, 15, fatally wounded east of Rafah.

Violence spiked again on Friday when Israeli forces opened fire as thousands protested along the border, and nine Palestinians, including a journalist, were killed.

Qoneba is charged also with involvement in "numerous attempts to carry out terror attacks against soldiers and Israeli civilians, and committing additional security offenses", the army said in a statement.

"The circumstances in which journalists were allegedly hit by Israeli Defense Force (IDF) fire are not familiar to the IDF, and are being looked into", it said in a statement.

In February, a bomb planted near the border fence detonated under an Israeli patrol vehicle, prompting a large-scale Israeli aerial attack on Hamas targets in Gaza.

They added that "several attempts have been made to damage and cross the security fence under the cover of the smokescreen".

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Deloire said his organization has demanded that Israeli forces explain their actions and investigate the shooting.

The medical humanitarian organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), warned that in the weeks to come, more medical assistance would be required due to the increasing intensity of use of force by the Israeli forces.

This is a view shared by media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

"He was using a normal video camera all day", Abu Amra said.

The tweet was later deleted.

Israel said there were around 20,000 protesters and that they were seeking to breach the border.

The European Union and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres have called for an independent investigation, which Israel has rejected.

The ICC Chief Prosecutor hinted that her office would examine both Israeli use of force and Hamas use of human shields in Gaza for possible prosecution.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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