The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) condemn the killings and continued attacks on journalists and call on the international community to hold Israel responsible for its crimes.
According to the PJS, Yusef Abu Hussein, a presenter in a Palestinian Radio channel lost his life during an air raid that targeted the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City, where he lived.
He was among the four victims of Wednesday’s bombing of Gaza, as Israel continued its bombardment of the besieged enclave. He is the first journalist killed since the current round of violence began in Gaza.
In a separate bombing, Mohammad Dahlan, a photojournalist for the Turkish news agency Anadolu was hit and during an Israeli missile attack on the Gaza Strip, the news agency reported. The PJS confirmed he sustained injuries but his life is not in danger.
IFJ General Secretary, Anthony Bellanger, said: “We mourn the death of our colleague Yusef Abu Hussein and send our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues. He’s yet another innocent victim of the brutal bombing that the Israeli military is carrying out in Gaza. This wave of violence must stop. The targeting of journalists must end."
The PJS said in a statement: “The syndicate extends deep condolences and condolences to his family, to Al-Aqsa Radio colleagues, and to the whole journalists' community. The message and the truth will never be silenced. Journalists will continue their mission and report the crimes of the Israeli occupation against Palestinian civilians.”
Many IFJ affiliates across the world have joined the IFJ efforts to hold Israel accountable for its crimes against journalists and shown solidarity with Palestinian and international journalists reporting on the ground.