Cameraman from Turkish agency Anadolu killed in Israeli airstrike

The bombardments by the Israeli air force in Gaza continue unabated. Israel claims to have eliminated a total of 5,000 of the up to 30,000 Hamas fighters. At the same time, thousands of uninvolved children, women and other civilians, including journalists, have also been killed.

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Cameraman from Turkish agency Anadolu killed in Israeli airstrike
Symbolic image: Smoke and dust rise after an Israeli airstrike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on October 30, 2023 amid ongoing fighting between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas.

According to the European news agency association EANA, a cameraman from the Turkish news agency Anadolu was killed in the Israeli military’s airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.

The European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA) deeply regrets the tragic loss of freelance Anadolu cameraman Montaser Al-Sawaf, the alliance said in a statement today. He was killed a few days ago, it said.

The agency association called for security and protection for journalists in Gaza. The EANA board condemns any form of violence against journalists, who play a crucial role in providing the public with trustworthy information from conflict areas, it added.

The incident is an unfortunate and brutal reminder of the dangers faced by media professionals in conflict zones.

According to the US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), 63 journalists have been killed since the beginning of the Gaza war. Among them are 56 Palestinians and four Israelis as well as three Lebanese, the non-governmental organization (NGO) announced yesterday.

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According to the CPJ, journalists in the Gaza Strip are particularly at risk due to the devastating airstrikes, interrupted communication channels, supply bottlenecks and power outages.

The Israeli military claims to have eliminated 5,000 of the up to 30,000 Hamas fighters in the seven weeks of war leading up to the ceasefire. At the same time, however, thousands of uninvolved children, women and other civilians were killed in the Israeli air and artillery attacks in the Gaza Strip.

A child is killed every ten minutes in Gaza, complained the director of the World Health Organization on 11 November. In the first three weeks alone, more children were killed in Gaza than in any other conflict in the world in a year, explained the aid organization Save the Children.

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