Gaza: With the death of the Palestinian journalist Muhammed Abu Hweidy recently, the number of journalists killed since the Israel war against Gaza started 7th October has reached 100, said the government media office in Gaza.
Muhammad Abu Hweidy was killed recently in the Israel’s air attack on his house in east Gaza City on Saturday.
“However the actual number of journalists killed is possibly higher,” said a Palestinian Officer in Gaza.
According to the Journalists Protection Committee, at least 69 journalists had been killed in the conflict including Al Jazeera cameraman Arab Samer Abudaqa.
It was reported that hundreds of Palestinian journalists and families had been forced to move to the south while 50 premises or media offices had been completely destroyed or partly destroyed.
Journalists working in areas of armed conflict are protected under the international humanitarian law that the Israelis had been repeatedly breached.
The Secretary General of the International Federation of Journalists, Tim Dawson said, it is impossible to neglect the high number of journalists that had been killed.
“There had been no conflict that had caused the death of journalists except in Gaza,” he said as reported by Awani.
He added, journalists in Gaza “only have cameras, microphones and note books to continue their work even though the numbers that have been killed is shocking.”
On another development the Reporters without Borders (RSF) had filed the second complaint to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on the alleged criminal war launched by the Israel’s military on Palestinian Journalists in Gaza.
The latest complaint filed by the media freedom group based in Paris, Friday was requesting the court in Hague to investigate on seven Palestinian journalists killed in the area that had been under siege from 22nd October until 15th December 2023.
Meanwhile, RSF in a statement said, they have reasons to believe that the journalists who were listed in the complaint were victims of attacks in the war crime as reported by Awani/Agency.
The statement added, the journalists had been possibly targeted by Israel and RCF regarded their deaths were allegedly planned involving members of the public.
RSF also mentioned that they also support the complaint filed by Al-Jazeera on the shooting of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in Jenin north of West Bank on 11th May 2022.
“Targeting journalists is a war crime under Article 8 of the Rome Statute,” said RCF.