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Israel killed 2 Palestinian journalists in 2018: NGO

Israeli forces injured 262 Palestinian journalists last year, says Gaza Center for Media Freedom

Israel killed 2 Palestinian journalists in 2018: NGO

By Nour Abu Aisha

GAZA CITY, Palestine

Two Palestinian journalists were killed and scores injured by Israeli army fire in 2018, according to a Palestinian NGO on Monday.

Yasser Murtaja and Ahmed Abu Hussein were killed in April while covering anti-occupation protests near Gaza-Israel buffer zone, the Gaza Center for Media Freedom said in a statement.

It said a total of 262 journalists were also injured by Israeli forces last year.

The report cited 668 violations committed by Israeli authorities against Palestinian journalists and media institutions in 2018, including 39 arrests.

“Israel carried out 36 raids on media institutions,” the NGO said, adding that Israeli forces confiscated or destroyed equipment in 30 cases and prevented journalists from covering or travelling abroad for media coverage in 43 cases.

The NGO documented four cases in which Israel shut down media and printing establishments and 9 house arrests for Palestinian journalists.

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