Family of Al Jazeera journalist Moamen Al-Sharafi killed in Israeli strike on Jabalia

Yasmine Osama Farag , Wednesday 6 Dec 2023

Twenty-one members of Al Jazeera journalist Moamen Al-Sharafi's family, including father, mother and a number of siblings, were killed in an Israeli bombing on a home in the Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza.



Moamen said that the occupation forces targeted the house that sheltered his already-displaced family, killing everyone inside. 

The last contact Moamen had with his family was a voice message from his mother a few days before her death. 

In the message, she expressed how much she missed him and her hope of reuniting with him after the war, added Moamen. 

He stressed that what hurts him most is that he was not even able to say goodbye in person to his parents or bury them.

In late October, 19 people from the family of Al Jazeera engineer Muhammad Abu Al-Qumsan, including his father and two of his sisters, were also killed in another massacre in Jabalia. 

In the initial days of the war, Wael Al-Dِahdouh, the bureau chief of Al Jazeera in Gaza City, was informed on air that his son, daughter, one-and-a-half-month-old grandson, and wife were killed in an Israeli airstrike in the strip on October 25. 

The family was killed in an Israeli airstrike targeting a home where they had sought refuge, fleeing from their neighbourhood that had been bombarded.

Covering death or mourning loved ones?

The head of the global organization representing the profession said Monday that it has become a conflict beyond compare with a journalist or media worker killed every day on average in the Israeli war on Gaza.

About 60 have been killed since the start of the Israeli war on Gaza war, already close to the same number of journalists killed during the entire Vietnam War half a century ago.

Other brutal wars in the Middle East have not come close to the intensity of the current one. 

“In a war, you know, a classical war, I can say that in Syria, in Iraq, in ex-Yugoslavia, we didn’t see this kind of massacre,” Anthony Bellanger, the general secretary of the International Federation of Journalists, told The Associated Press. 

Along with the human toll, the premises of many media organizations in Gaza have been destroyed, he said. He estimated there were about 1,000 journalists and media workers in Gaza before the conflict and said that now, no one can get out. 

And yet amid the rubble, local journalists continue to do their job, said Nasser Abu Baker, president of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate. 

“They lost their families, and they continue their work," he said. "They are without houses, and they continue their work. ... Without food, without the security for them, and without their families. Also, if their families are still alive, they are not with their families because they are living or sleeping in the hospitals.” 

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