130 Israeli violations against journalists since the start of the return marches

Gaza _ Palestine News Network

The Israeli occupation forces have committed 130 violations against journalists since the start of the major return marches on March 8, the Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights said.

In a statement issued in conjunction with the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian journalist, the Centre stressed the need to respect the rules of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, in particular the text of article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

According to the Center, field data indicate that the occupation forces have diverted journalists directly to their attacks during their journalistic work and their coverage of events, as is the case with the major return march in the Gaza Strip and popular protests in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Violations against journalists varied from targeting them to murder, wounding, fractures, burns, suffocation, beating, breaking press equipment, or arbitrary detention without specific charges or denying them access to juvenile areas.

Al-Mizan pointed to the occupation's targeting of various media outlets by shelling and destroying its premises and vehicles, or closing the media against the background of its media coverage, or the piracy of broadcast frequencies for Palestinian satellite channels.

According to its documentation, during the events of the Grand return March, which began on 30 March 2018, the occupying forces committed 130 violations, of which 112 were journalists and media workers, 18 of whom were injured more than once, including 5 journalists, and wounded (65) with gunshot wounds or shrapnel.

65 journalists were also hit by gas bombs that directly beat their bodies. Scores of journalists and journalists were suffocated by inhaling gas, some of whom were faint and hospitalized.


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