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SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom - Samir Kassir Foundation

Israeli Forces Shoot 2 Palestinian Photojournalists with Rubber Bullets

Thursday , 08 June 2023
Photo credit: Reuters/Mohammed Torkman

Israeli soldiers shot photojournalists Momen Somrain and Rabi al-Munir with rubber-coated bullets, on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, while they reported on the demolition by the Israeli army of a Palestinian man, accused of alleged crimes by Israel, in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, according to news reports and the local press freedom group Palestinian Journalists Syndicate

Somrain, who works for several independent Palestinian news outlets including Filistin Post, was shot in the head, and al-Munir, with the regional satellite channel Arab TV, was shot in the abdomen. Both journalists were hospitalized and are in stable condition as of Thursday evening.

Somrain’s uncle, Mohamed Somrain, also covered the event as a reporter and told news outlets that he saw Israeli soldiers firing rubber bullets and tear gas at nearly 20 journalists wearing press insignias. He said Somrain was wearing a jacket clearly marked “Press” when he was shot.

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