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Gaza City - Israeli Airstrikes Kill 3 Palestinian Journalists

Published on: November 20, 2012 03:39 PM
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Palestinians view a car destroyed by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, 20 November 2012. EPA/OLIVER WEIKENPalestinians view a car destroyed by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, 20 November 2012. EPA/OLIVER WEIKEN

Gaza City - Israeli airstrikes killed three Palestinian journalists in their cars Tuesday, a Gaza health official and the head of the Hamas-run Al Aqsa TV said. Israel acknowledged targeting the men, claiming they had ties to militants.

The strikes came on the seventh day of Israel’s offensive against Gaza’s Hamas rulers. A number of journalists have been killed over the years while covering fighting between the Jewish state and the Palestinian militant group, but not in targeted strikes Israel acknowledged.

Two of those killed were cameramen working for Al Aqsa TV, the centerpiece of a growing Hamas media empire, said station head Mohammed Thouraya. The two were driving in a car with press markings in Gaza City on Tuesday afternoon, shortly after wrapping up an assignment at the city’s Shifa Hospital, Thouraya added.

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The station said the car was hit by a missile, broadcasting the aftermath with the vehicle consumed by flames. Thouraya said the bodies of the two, Mohammed al-Koumi and Hussam Salam, were badly burned.

Later Tuesday, another Israeli missile killed an employee for Al Quds Educational Radio, a private station, said Ashraf al-Kidra, a Gaza health official. Mohammed Abu Eisha died when his car was hit in the central Gaza town of Deir el-Balah, al-Kidra said.

Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich, an Israeli military spokeswoman, said a preliminary investigation showed all three were Hamas operatives, but he would not elaborate.

Israel has struck a wide range of Hamas-linked targets during its offensive, including rocket launching sites and the homes of suspected activists, killing more than 120 people.

Asked whether Israel had widened it range of targets to include journalists working for media run by Hamas or other militant groups, Leibovich said: “The targets are people who have relevance to terror activity.”

Thouraya denied that the two employees killed Tuesday were linked to violence.

“Our crew were fighters, but they were not fighting with weapons,” he said. “They were fighting with their cameras. They were on the battlefield to defend the people by filming the awful crimes (of the Israeli offensive) and broadcasting them to the world.”

Over the weekend, an Israeli missile struck an Al Aqsa office on the top floor of a Gaza City high-rise also being used by other local and foreign news outlets. A second strike hit the Lebanon-based Al Quds TV in a second media center, causing some damage. Al Quds TV is seen as sympathetic to Hamas.

Since seizing control of Gaza in 2007, Hamas has gradually built a sophisticated media operation. During the current offensive, Al Aqsa TV and Radio reporters have closely covered events, often providing the first reports of deaths and injuries that are later confirmed by hospital officials.

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev alleged that both Al Aqsa and Al Quds “are integral parts of terrorist military organizations.”

He said those working for the two outlets “are not journalists by any meaning of the word.”


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 Nov 20, 2012 at 03:55 PM ShmutzVesh Says:

What a beautiful site for sore eyes!!

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 05:29 PM Yossi Says:

Where were those police officers when they shot and killed 6 so called spies and dragged all over the streets.? If they cant patrol and keep order then they deserve to be eliminated...Great Job and what a beautiful picture to see...
Yemach Shemom....

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 05:31 PM Buchwalter Says:

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ShmutzVesh Says:

What a beautiful site for sore eyes!!

I was liberated in Buchenwald on 4/11/1945 and none of us mutilated a German SS. The "tzionynm" risked the lives of Mossad agents and captured Eichmann in Buenos Aires. He was given a full open trial. You are a wilde chaye

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 05:57 PM Yossi Says:

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Buchwalter Says:

I was liberated in Buchenwald on 4/11/1945 and none of us mutilated a German SS. The "tzionynm" risked the lives of Mossad agents and captured Eichmann in Buenos Aires. He was given a full open trial. You are a wilde chaye

sorry but i dont believe you are that old...according to your numbers u should be about 77-85 years old...too old to type on Vin news...

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 06:34 PM Herzog Says:

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ShmutzVesh Says:

What a beautiful site for sore eyes!!

And you're better than your so-called enemies how? You celebrate the deaths of three journalists. You're no better than the worst of them.

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 06:53 PM BLONDI Says:

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Yossi Says:

sorry but i dont believe you are that old...according to your numbers u should be about 77-85 years old...too old to type on Vin news...

yossi sweety..fyi...before the computer we used to type on smith-corona manual typewriters...you owe lots of people an apology

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 07:09 PM ShmutzVesh Says:

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Herzog Says:

And you're better than your so-called enemies how? You celebrate the deaths of three journalists. You're no better than the worst of them.

I don't celebrate death. But if some terrorist lowlife who's only goal was to kill me and my fellow people....then yes, my friend I do celebrate their death!

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 07:37 PM Kzler Says:

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Yossi Says:

sorry but i dont believe you are that old...according to your numbers u should be about 77-85 years old...too old to type on Vin news...

I am more intelloigent than you and more knowledgeble and was liberated on 4/11/45 in bUCHENWALD and he is still a wilde chaye

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 07:40 PM Kzler Says:

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BLONDI Says:

yossi sweety..fyi...before the computer we used to type on smith-corona manual typewriters...you owe lots of people an apology

Blondi that was the first typewriter I used in 1963 when I started working for the federal government a gray Smith Corona and when you made errors you used white out and brushed in on

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 07:50 PM bahby Says:

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Yossi Says:

sorry but i dont believe you are that old...according to your numbers u should be about 77-85 years old...too old to type on Vin news...

85 is the new 60! Didn't you know? I know many people 85 years old and older who are very on top of their game. And plenty who are still being interviewed for project witness. You must be really wet behind the ears.

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 09:20 PM esther Says:

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ShmutzVesh Says:

I don't celebrate death. But if some terrorist lowlife who's only goal was to kill me and my fellow people....then yes, my friend I do celebrate their death!

you're absolutely right! more dead hamas terrorists means more live yidden!

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 09:54 PM username Says:

VIN staff - there is a mistake in the headline here - "Journalists" should read "Terrorists"

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 10:25 PM ShmutzVesh Says:

Reply to #5  
Herzog Says:

And you're better than your so-called enemies how? You celebrate the deaths of three journalists. You're no better than the worst of them.

I don't celebrate death. But if some terrorist lowlife who's only goal was to kill me and my fellow people....then yes, my friend I do celebrate their death!

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 11:25 PM M1 Says:

Hey Palestinian journalists -u're getting a far better view from up there

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 03:23 AM MBYIsrael Says:

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Yossi Says:

sorry but i dont believe you are that old...according to your numbers u should be about 77-85 years old...too old to type on Vin news...

Wow! That's pretty ignorant. What does age have to do with it?

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