Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Five Journalists Killed, Gaza Death Toll Tops 38,000 as Israel Escalates Bombing

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Five Journalists Killed in Gaza as Israel Escalates Bombing

The situation in Gaza continues to deteriorate as Israel escalates its bombing campaign across the Strip. In a tragic 24-hour period, five journalists were killed, highlighting the dangers faced by those reporting on the conflict.

On Saturday, three journalists were killed in an attack on the Nuseirat refugee camp. Amjad Jahjouh and Rizq Abu Ashkian, both of whom worked for the Palestine Media Agency, and Wafa Abu Dabaan from the Islamic University Radio in Gaza were all killed in the airstrike. Tragically, Wafa Abu Dabaan and Amjad Jahjouh were married, and their three children were also killed in the attack.

Two more journalists, Palestinian journalists Saadi Madoukh and Ahmed Sukkar, were killed on Friday during an Israeli raid on the Madoukh family homes in the Daraj neighbourhood of Gaza City.

These deaths bring the total number of journalists killed since October 7th to 158, making Palestine the deadliest place in the world to be a journalist. This grim statistic underscores the "clear lack of political will" from the international community to enforce principles of protection for journalists, as stated by Reporters Without Borders.

The ongoing conflict has also resulted in a devastating toll on the civilian population. The Palestinian Ministry of Health reports that 87 people were killed across Gaza over the past 48 hours, bringing the total death toll to at least 38,098 in the last nine months. Additionally, over 87,700 people have been injured in Israel's military offensive.

The Israeli response to the October 7th attacks has also resulted in the arrest of over 9,535 Palestinians, with 15 more taken into custody over the weekend. Witnesses report that the arrests were accompanied by assaults and threats, as well as property damage and destruction.

Meanwhile, tensions continue to escalate on the border with Lebanon. Hezbollah fired over 20 rockets towards the Galilee in northern Israel on Sunday, following the assassination of one of its commanders in Lebanon on Saturday. A 28-year-old Israeli man was severely injured in the attack.

The ongoing conflict in Gaza and the escalating tensions on the border with Lebanon highlight the urgent need for a peaceful resolution. The international community must take concrete steps to protect civilians and journalists, and to ensure accountability for violations of international law.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09