Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Human Rights Watch stated on Thursday that an Oct. 13 strike in southern Lebanon, which killed a Reuters videographer and injured six others, was carried out by the Israeli military and appeared to be a deliberate attack.

The watchdog group reported that their review of evidence, including multiple videos, photographs, satellite images, and witness interviews, indicated that the journalists were not in proximity to active combat zones and there was no military target near their location.

Describing the incident as a war crime, the report stated, “The attack on the journalists’ position directly targeted them.” The Israeli authorities did not immediately respond to the report.

Reuters also published its own investigation and stated that an Israeli tank crew was responsible for killing their journalist and injuring the others.

Alessandra Galloni, the editor-in-chief of Reuters, called on Israel to explain and hold accountable those responsible for the incident.

The journalists were filming cross-border shelling between the Israeli army and Lebanese militants when the attack occurred. They were wearing press-marked clothing and visible to Israeli military more than a mile away, according to the report.

The Human Rights Watch report stated that two munitions killed the videographer and injured the others. Amnesty International also released a report saying the journalists’ markings should have indicated they were not military targets.

The Amnesty report concluded that Mr. Abdallah was killed by a tank round fired from Israel and stated that the incident was likely a direct attack on civilians, warranting investigation as a war crime.

At a news conference in Beirut, Mr. Abdallah’s mother said the report had given her some relief, but questioned whether it would lead to accountability.

“We will keep calling for justice,” she said, “but added: “I’m afraid that these killings will be forgotten.”

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