Gaza: AP reporter shot and wounded while on duty 

22 Nov

Injured AP photographer, Rashed Rashid [Photo: Walid Mahmoud]

Democracy Now, 20 November 2018

In the Gaza Strip, an Associated Press camera operator was shot in the leg and wounded Monday while covering a protest near Israel’s heavily militarized separation barrier. Witnesses report 47-year-old Rashed Rashid was nearly 2,000 feet away from the fence when he was shot by an Israeli soldier. Rashid suffered multiple bone fractures above the ankle and will need surgery. Rashid was filming from an elevated area, looking down on the protest and wearing a blue helmet and a vest with the word ”PRESS” clearly written on it.

Ed: Meanwhile several Palestinian and international journalists suffered severe tear-gas suffocation as Israeli forces suppressed a peaceful march organized by Palestinian journalists at the Qalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem in the central occupied West Bank, on Saturday afternoon. [Ma’an News Agency]

Two Palestinian journalists in the besieged Gaza Strip, Ahmad Abu Hussein and Yasser Murtaja were killed by Israeli forces earlier this year, as they were covering protests wearing their internationally-recognized journalists’ uniform. Many others have been injured.

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