The Israeli military has denied deliberately targeting a Palestinian journalist who died while covering a mass demonstration in Gaza on Friday in which eight others were killed.
Photojournalist Yasser Murtaja, 30, died from his wounds late Friday night, Gaza’s health ministry said, after being shot by Israeli forces tasked with keeping some 20,000 demonstrators back from the enclave’s border with Israel. The Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate said five other reporters were also shot and wounded by the Israeli army during Friday’s protests, although they wore clothes clearly identifying them as journalists.
However the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said it did not deliberately take aim at Murtaja or his colleagues. “The IDF does not intentionally target journalists,” the military told i24NEWS in a statement.”The circumstances in which journalists were allegedly hit by IDF fire are not familiar to the IDF, and are being looked into.
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