The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has advised all journalists who continue to report in Gaza to remain vigilant at all times, even during periods of ceasefire, after two journalists were killed while photographing attempts to dismantle an unexploded Israeli bomb.
According to IFJ affiliate, the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS), Italian photographer Kamili Simon, 37, who worked for Associated Press, and Palestinian media worker and freelance interpreter Ali Abuafash, 38, were killed today, Wednesday 13 August, in Beit Lahya, north of the Gaza Strip.
They were taking photos of local technicians as they tried to dismantle the bomb when it exploded. Another Palestinian photographer, Hatem Musa, 37, who also works for Associated Press, was seriously injured in the incident.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of these two journalists and we send our deepest condolences to their families and colleagues,” said IFJ President Jim Boumelha.
“Their deaths clearly show that even during times of ceasefire potential dangers remain in Gaza. Journalists covering the region must remain alert at all times and take every precaution to stay safe, while media owners must be mindful of their journalists’ well-being and ensure that they are supported and protected.”
Journalists reporting from the region are advised to read IFJ’s Front Line Journalism Handbook. Specifically designed for journalists working in the Arab World and Middle East, the regionally customised handbook provides journalists with invaluable practical safety advice and information for covering conflict zones.
For more information, please contact IFJ on +32 2 235 22 17
The IFJ represents more than 600 000 journalists in 134 countries