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The Israel-Hamas conflict sees a rising death toll among journalists. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), within the initial eight days of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, “at least 12 journalists were killed, two were missing and eight injured.”
The CPJ highlighted the unique risks journalists in Gaza are grappling with, noting, “Journalists in Gaza face particularly high risks as they try to cover the conflict in the face of a ground assault by Israeli troops, devastating Israeli airstrikes, disrupted communications, and extensive power outages.” They further added that the casualties include 10 Palestinian journalists, one Israeli journalist, and another who is currently unaccounted for. A Beirut-based journalist was also recently killed in southern Lebanon during a shelling attack.
Adding to the crisis, Israel issued evacuation orders to approximately a million people in northern Gaza, moving them to the southern region. The United Nations voiced concerns about the potential calamity of relocating such a vast population within a 24-hour timeframe. Sherif Mansour, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator underscored the importance of journalist safety, stating, “Journalists are civilians doing important work during times of crisis and must not be targeted by warring parties.”
This comes amidst a backdrop of over 3,000 fatalities from both sides, a number shared by The Associated Press. With Israel’s potential ground assault into Gaza on the horizon, this number is anticipated to increase.