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SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom - Samir Kassir Foundation

Israeli soldiers shoot, injure 2 Palestinian journalists in Nablus

Thursday , 06 October 2022
Photo credit: AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed

On Wednesday, October 5, 2022, Israeli soldiers shot and injured photojournalists Louay Samhan and Mahmoud Fawzy while they reported on a raid in the village of Deir al-Hatab near the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Nablus for the Palestinian National Authority-funded broadcaster Palestine TV, according to multiple news reports. A 21-year-old Palestinian man, Alaa Zaghal, was killed in the incident.

The soldiers shot one of the journalists in his hand, and the other was injured in his leg, arm, and hand, according to those reports, a video of the incident, and a statement by the journalists’ employer. CPJ was unable to verify further details about the injuries. However, both journalists received medical treatment and are in stable condition, according to a CNN report quoting the Palestinian Red Crescent.

The journalists were wearing helmets and blue vests that read “Press” on the front and back when they were attacked. According to the reports, IDF soldiers injured four other people during the raid.

In May 2022, Israeli soldiers shot and killed Al-Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh while she was reporting on an IDF raid in Jenin. Israeli authorities initially denied that the soldiers shot her, despite eyewitness accounts and investigations, before saying in September that Abu Akleh was likely killed by unintentional Israeli fire.


According to the news reports, the Israeli forces was raiding the home of Salman Amran, whom the Israelis said they suspected of working with Hamas militants. Amran barricaded himself in the house and returned fire on the soldiers but was ultimately arrested, according to those reports.

The shootings of Samhan and Fawzy come as the Israeli army has conducted near-daily raids of Palestinian homes, towns, and villages since March, according to news reports.

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