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Israel-Gaza Strip. Wael Al-Dahdouh, head of Al-Jazeera’s Palestinian branch, lost his son, Hamza Al-Dahdouh

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Two Palestinian journalists, Hamza Al-Dahdouh and Mustafa Thuraja, were killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip, Gaza officials and local journalists said. The former was the son of Wael Al-Dahdouh, head of the local editorial office of Al-Jazeera. In October, also after the Israeli attack, he lost four other family members – his wife, another son, a daughter and a grandson.

According to Hisham Zaqout, an Al-Jazeera correspondent, the journalists were on their way to the Morai area, northeast of the city of Rafah, which has been declared a humanitarian zone by the Israeli army, although local media reports have said it has been subject to recent bombing.

Many displaced Gazans have fled to these areas to avoid bombings elsewhere. According to Al-Jazeera, Hamza Al-Dahdouh intended to document developments and the aftermath of the attacks in the area.

Hamza was the son of Wael Al-Dahdouh, the head of the local editorial office of Al-Jazeera. They died in October four other members of his family – wife Amna, grandson Adam, 15-year-old son Mahmud and seven-year-old daughter Sham. All were victims of the Israeli attack.

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“I appeal to the whole world to look carefully at what is happening in the Gaza Strip,” said a distraught Wael Al-Dahdouh at his son’s funeral in Rafah, quoted by Reuters.

The BBC reminds that the head of the local Al-Jazeera editorial office was himself injured in an Israeli attack in December, and his cameraman, Samer Abu Daqqa, was killed. Nevertheless, Al-Dahdouh, the father of a total of eight children, continued to report on what was happening in the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military did not answer a question about whether the attack was aimed at journalists.

Wael Al-Dahdouh during the funeral of his son HamzaAhmad Hasaballah/Getty Images

Death of journalists during Israel’s war with Hamas

In late December, Palestinian media reported that 106 Palestinian journalists were killed in the Israeli offensive that followed Hamas’ attack on Israel on October 7. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) assessed in December that the war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip has become the most dangerous conflict for reporters.

Hamas attack on Israel PAP/Reuters – Maciej ZieliƄski

Main photo source: Ahmad Hasaballah/Getty Images

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