RAFAH, Gaza Strip — An obvious Israeli airstrike killed two Palestinian journalists in southern Gaza on Sunday, together with the son of veteran Al Jazeera correspondent Wael Dahdouh, who misplaced his spouse, two different youngsters and a grandson — and was practically killed himself — earlier within the warfare.
Dahdouh has continued to report on the preventing between Israel and Hamas even because it has taken a devastating toll on his family, changing into an emblem for most of the perils confronted by Palestinian journalists, dozens of whom have been killed whereas protecting the battle.
Hamza Dahdouh, who was additionally working for Al Jazeera, and Mustafa Tharaya, a contract journalist, had been killed when a strike hit their automotive whereas they had been driving from Khan Younis to the southern city of Rafah, in response to the media workplace of the Hamas-run authorities.
Amer Abu Amr, a photojournalist, stated in a Fb publish that he and one other journalist, Ahmed al-Bursh, survived the strike.
There was no speedy remark from the Israeli navy.
Wael Dahdouh, 53, has been the face of Al Jazeera’s 24-hour protection of this warfare and former rounds of preventing for hundreds of thousands of Arabic-speaking viewers throughout the area, practically all the time showing on air within the blue helmet and flak jacket worn to establish journalists within the Palestinian territories.
Talking to Al Jazeera after his son’s burial, Dahdouh vowed to proceed reporting on the warfare.
“The entire world should have a look at what is going on right here within the Gaza Strip,” he stated. “What is going on is a superb injustice to defenseless individuals, civilian individuals. Additionally it is unfair for us as journalists.”
Dahdouh was reporting on the offensive in late October when he obtained phrase that his spouse, daughter and one other son had been killed in an Israeli airstrike. His grandson, wounded in the identical strike, died hours later. The Qatar-based broadcaster later aired footage of him weeping over the physique of his son whereas nonetheless carrying his blue press vest.
In December, an Israeli strike on a college in Khan Younis wounded Dahdouh and Al Jazeera cameraman Samer Abu Daqqa. Dahdouh was in a position to run for assist, however Abu Daqqa bled to dying hours later as ambulances had been unable to succeed in him due to blocked roads, in response to Al Jazeera.
Earlier in December, a strike killed the daddy, mom and 20 different relations of one other Al Jazeera correspondent, Momen Al Sharafi.
The Committee to Shield Journalists says at the very least 70 Palestinian reporters, in addition to 4 Israeli and three Lebanese reporters, have been killed since Hamas’ Oct. 7 assault triggered the warfare in Gaza and an escalation in preventing alongside Israel’s border with Lebanon.
Over 22,800 Palestinians have been killed within the warfare, principally girls and minors, in response to the Well being Ministry in Hamas-ruled Gaza, which doesn’t differentiate between civilian and combatant deaths. Some 1,200 individuals, principally civilians, had been killed in Israel through the preliminary Hamas assault.
Israel denies focusing on journalists and says it makes each effort to keep away from harming civilians, blaming the excessive dying toll on the truth that Hamas fights in densely populated city areas.
Some 85% of Gaza’s inhabitants of two.3 million have fled their properties, with most in search of shelter in Israeli-designated protected zones in southern Gaza. However Israel additionally usually carries out strikes in these areas, main many Palestinians to really feel that nowhere within the besieged territory is protected.
Palestinian journalists have performed a important function in reporting on the battle for native and worldwide media retailers, whilst many have misplaced family members and been pressured to flee their very own properties due to the preventing.
Israel and Egypt, which keep a blockade on Gaza, have largely barred international reporters from getting into Gaza because the warfare started.
Magdy reported from Cairo.