File Photo: The head of the office of the Qatari channel Al-Jazeera in Gaza, Wael Al-Dahdouh, in Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip. AFP
The journalist has experienced immense personal loss during the ongoing war, with several family members falling victim to Israeli strikes.
Earlier this month, Al-Dahdouh’s 27-year-old son Hamza, who was also a journalist at Al Jazeera, tragically lost his life in an Israeli strike. Moreover, Al-Dahdouh suffered the devastating loss of his wife, a 16-year-old son, a seven-year-old daughter, and a grandson during an Israeli shelling incident in October.
Egypt’s Journalists Syndicate said it contacted Al-Dahdouh after he arrived in Egypt, thanking the state for facilitating his entry.
Al-Dahdouh expressed appreciation to the Egyptian state and journalists for their support to him and to the Palestinian cause.
After the passing of Hamza on 7 January, Egypt's Journalists Syndicate granted its 2024 Freedom of Press Award to Al-Dahdouh for his coverage of the war.
The award is a symbolic tribute to Al-Dahdouh and all Palestinian journalists who face the risk of losing their lives in pursuit of the truth, the syndicate said in a statement.
Despite his losses, Al-Dahdouh insisted on pursuing his work, appearing on screen after each tragedy to report on the Israeli war on the Strip.
The Journalists Syndicate said Israel targeted Al-Dahdouh’s family, adding that he paid the price for being loyal to his profession.
In mid-December, Al-Dahdouh was injured in an Israeli drone strike that killed the 45-year-old Al Jazeera cameraman Samer Abu Daqqa. The two colleagues were reporting on an Israeli airstrike in a school that was being used as a shelter in the south of Gaza.
Abu Daqqa, who was initially only wounded, was denied treatment for over five hours, as Israeli forces prevented ambulances and rescue workers from reaching him.
The syndicate condemned the drone strike as premediated murder and full-fledged war crime, stressing its readiness to join all international efforts to prosecute perpetrators of such crimes against dozens of journalists before the International Criminal Court as war criminals.