Al Jazeera says 2 journalists severely wounded in Gaza strike

AFP , Ahram Online , Tuesday 13 Feb 2024

Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera said Tuesday two of its journalists were severely wounded in an Israeli strike in Gaza's southern city of Rafah.

Ismail Abu Omar
A snap shot of Reporter Ismail Abu Omar during a report. Courtesy of Quds news.


Reporter Ismail Abu Omar's life is at risk after he had his right leg amputated, while doctors are attempting to save the left one, Al Jazeera said quoting an emergency physician.

Cameraman Ahmad Matar was described by Al Jazeera as being in a "serious condition" after being targeted by an Israeli drone in northern Rafah.

The two journalists were admitted to the European Hospital, on the southern edge of Khan Younis city.

The health ministry in Gaza said the two were hit in a strike from an Israeli warplane in the Moraj area.

The government media office said it "condemns in the strongest terms the Israeli occupation army's targeting of the Al Jazeera crew".

The Israeli military did not immediately comment on the strike when contacted by AFP, saying only it would check the details of the incident.

Two other journalists with the broadcaster have been killed during Israel's war on Gaza, while bureau chief Wael al-Dahdouh was wounded.

His son and fellow journalist Hamza Wael al-Dahdouh was killed when Israeli forces targeted a car last month, along with another video journalist, Mustafa Thuria.

The network's cameraman Samer Abu Daqqa was killed in a separate strike in December.

The Committee to Protect Journalists has recorded the deaths of at least 85 journalists and media workers -- 78 of them Palestinian -- since the war erupted on 7 October

Palestinian sources have said at least 133 media workers were killed by Israeli strikes since the start of the war

On Monday, two Palestinian journalists, Alaa Al-Hams and Angham Adwan, were killed in Israeli airstrikes on Rafah.

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