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SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom - Samir Kassir Foundation

Israeli Forces Open Fire at Al-Araby TV Journalists

Monday , 06 May 2024

Israeli forces fired at an Al-Araby TV crew on Saturday, May 4, 2024, including Ameed Shehade, a reporter, and camera operator Rabih Al-Monayar while they were covering an Israeli raid on Deir al-Ghusun village in the West Bank city of Tulkarm, according to reports by the outletnews reports, Shehade, and Wafa Awad, a photographer for the Palestinian Authority owned Wafa news agency, who was among the journalists covering the raid. Neither journalist was injured in the attack.

“On the hill where we were standing was about 15 other journalists,” Shehade told CPJ, adding that “a soldier opened fire from a vehicle 20 meters away from us.  They could see us clearly.” Shehade said the team “had to drop on the ground to escape the bullets and needed to crawl for a long distance to escape the shooting.”

Al-Araby TV aired footage of the journalists, wearing blue vests labeled “PRESS,” ducking near their car. After Al-Monayar retrieved the camera, it was found to be damaged by several bullet holes.


Awad told CPJ that IDF soldiers fired tear gas towards the group of journalists before firing on the Al-Araby TV crew.

“The journalists covering the operation were targeted by IDF soldiers even though they were all wearing press vests, were reporting for hours,…and they can be clearly identified as journalists,” Awad told CPJ.

According to the Guardian, Israeli forces killed five Palestinians in the overnight raid; Hamas confirmed that four of the men killed were from its al-Qassam armed wing.

On July 3, 2023, Al-Monayar and Shehade were covering an Israeli operation against militants in the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank when IDF forces in a vehicle shot at their equipment, destroying a transmitter and knocking a camera off a tripod. CPJ called for an investigation into the attack.

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