‘No international protection at all.’ Grief and anger erupt on air after another Palestinian journalist is killed in Gaza

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A Palestinian journalist and his entire family, consisting of 11 members, were killed in southern Gaza on Thursday, reportedly in an Israeli airstrike. Mohammad Abu Hattab of Palestine TV had been reporting live outside of Nasser Hospital in Gaza just half an hour before he was killed at his home.

The incident has sparked further outcry about the ongoing violence and airstrikes that have been carried out by Israeli forces in Gaza. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have denied any knowledge of their forces operating in the area where Hattab and his family were killed.

The death of Hattab has devastated his former colleagues, as Palestine TV journalist Salman Al Bashir delivered an emotional on-air report just hours later. Speaking out, Al Bashir spoke of the exhaustion and pain felt by the Palestinian people amidst the weeks-long bombardment. He also said that wearing protective gear, like helmets and vests inscribed with the word “PRESS,” offered no natural protection for journalists in the region. Al Bashir removed his helmet and vest while on air, saying they were merely slogans that offered no protection.

The aerial attacks carried out by Israel have targeted Hamas militants and infrastructure, but the strikes have also caused the deaths of civilians. At least 9,025 people have been killed in the violence, with a further 22,000 injured, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Ramallah. The strikes began after Hamas militants killed more than 1,400 Israelis and captured over 220 hostages on October 7. Since then, Israeli warplanes have hit residential areas, schools, and hospitals in Gaza, sparking international outcry.

Gaza’s Perilous Journalist Crisis and Urgent Calls for Peace

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A Palestinian journalist and his entire family, consisting of 11 members, were killed in southern Gaza on Thursday, reportedly in an Israeli airstrike. Mohammad Abu Hattab of Palestine TV had been reporting live outside of Nasser Hospital in Gaza just half an hour before he was killed at his home.

Humanitarian groups have criticized the lack of safety for civilians in Gaza, as nowhere in the region seems safe to flee to. The conflict has been the most deadly for journalists in decades, according to the journalist advocacy organization the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

At least 33 journalists have been killed since October, with 28 Palestinians, four Israelis, and one Lebanese citizen among the victims. Al Jazeera’s Gaza bureau chief was also recently forced to return to work just 24 hours after his family was killed in an alleged Israeli airstrike.

The situation in Gaza is dire, and the death of Hattab and his family is just one example of the devastation wrought by the violence. The international community must work to find a solution to the conflict. Innocent lives should not be lost in the name of political interests, and journalists must be protected to ensure their crucial work can continue. The people of Gaza deserve to know that there is hope for peace and an end to the violence that has ravaged their lives for far too long.

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