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27 February 2024

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Unprecedented journalist death toll in Israel-Gaza war

Unprecedented journalist death toll in Israel-Gaza war

The Israel-Gaza war is taking a devastating toll on journalists in the region.

According to the CPJ, at least 88 journalists and media workers are confirmed to have died during the conflict as of February 27, among the over 30,000 reported casualties since the war began on October 7.

Journalists covering the conflict within Gaza face extreme risks as a result of an Israeli ground assault into the strip, constant Israeli airstrikes, a lack of basic provisions and extensive power and communication outages.

Many other journalists have been reported missing, injured, arrested or threatened by cyberattacks or other forms of assault.

Among the 88 journalists who have lost their lives were 81 Palestinian, 4 Israeli, and 3 Lebanese:

February 12, 2024. Alaa Al-Hams, a 35-year-old Palestinian journalist for the local Palestinian News Agency SND succumbed to her injuries after being seriously wounded in an Israeli airstrike on her family house in Rafah city, southern Gaza Strip, which resulted in the tragic loss of ten members of her family on December 2, 2023.

Angam Ahmad Edwan, a Palestinian journalist who worked for the Libyan TV channel February, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on her home in Jabalia city, northern Gaza Strip.

February 8. Nafez Abdel Jawad, a Palestinian director for the official Palestine Television station, Palestine TV, was killed along with his son in an Israeli missile strike on the house they were staying in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. Additionally, the missile killed 14 people, including 5 children.

January 29. Mohammed Atallah, a 24-year-old Palestinian editor for the local Al-Resalah news website and a writer for the regional independent website Raseef22, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on Beach refugee camp in northern Gaza City, along with an unidentified number of family members.

Ayman Sharrouf, Raseef22’s political editor, told CPJ that Atallah “wrote for Raseef22 under his name and another pseudonym. He was particularly interested in the daily life stories of the Gazans, despite the siege on Gaza, the corruption, and the narrow political interests in the strip. When the war started, we started collaborating, and he wrote 3 pieces, but he lived in the north where there was intense bombing, and one of the Israeli airstrikes hit his parents’ house, which killed one of his brothers and all of his family members.”

Sharrouf told CPJ that “Atallah evacuated after surviving a lot of near-death situations. In his last correspondence with us, he told me that he’s safe and he wants to resume working soon, but I later learned about his death from the news.” Sharrouf added, “Mohammed was a very professional journalist. He wanted to relay the voices of the people. He worked hard on his pieces and was very keen on factual reporting of the daily life of Gaza’s people, despite all the challenges that a journalist like him faces. Unfortunately, he was killed before he got to do what he wanted in journalism; and the most horrific heartbreaking part was that he thought he would survive.”

January 25. Iyad El-Ruwagh, a Palestinian journalist who worked as a host for the Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa Voice Radio, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on Nuseirat camp in northern Gaza, along with four of his children. Prior to his death, he posted on Facebook about his family’s dire conditions, asking for someone who was leaving Gaza to take his toddler to his wife, who fled to Sinai, Egypt, with his son Mohamed following a previous airstrike that severely injured him. After El-Ruwagh’s death, his wife published Facebook posts about him and her slain children: Loay, Nada, Yazan, and the toddler, Ahmed.

January 14. Yazan al-Zuweidi, a Palestinian journalist and camera operator for the privately owned Cairo-based broadcaster Al-Ghad, was killed, along with his brother and cousin, in an Israeli airstrike on Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza while al-Zuweidi was on his way to see what happened to his home in the aftermath of heavy bombing. He had been working with Al-Ghad for six years, and covered the war and various other events in Gaza, according to the broadcaster. Al-Ghad said that Al-Zuweidi didn’t stop reporting on the ongoing war; he kept filming from northern Gaza and sending footage to the channel after it was impossible for him to evacuate south to Rafah.

January 11. Mohamed Jamal Sobhi Al-Thalathini, a Palestinian journalist who works for the Hamas affiliated Al-Quds Al-Youm broadcaster, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on his home in south Gaza.

January 10. Ahmed Bdeir, a Palestinian journalist working for the local news website Bawabat al-Hadaf was killed in an Israeli airstrike on a house in Khan Yunis, close to the Aqsa Martyrs hospital in the area. Bdeir was standing in front of the journalists’ tent at the gate of the hospital and died when a shrapnel hit him, according to Al-Jazeera. His outlet said that he worked relentlessly during the war to cover the news.

January 7. Hamza Al Dahdouh, a Palestinian journalist and camera operator for Al-Jazeera, and the son of Al-Jazeera Gaza bureau chief Wael Al Dahdouh, was killed in an Israeli drone strike along with freelance journalist Mustafa Thuraya, according to Al-Jazeera Arabic. They were driving to an assignment in southern Gaza when the strike occurred.

Mustafa Thuraya, a Palestinian freelance videographer working for Agence France-Presse (AFP), was killed in an Israeli drone strike along with Al-Jazeera journalist Hamza Al Dahdouh, according to Al-Jazeera Arabic. They were driving to an assignment in southern Gaza when the strike occurred.

January 5. Akram ElShafie, a Palestinian journalist working as a reporter and editor for the Palestinian press agency Safa died after sustaining injuries months before on October 30, from an Israeli bullet. PJS said in a statement that ElShafie required medical attention after sustaining the life-threatening injury, and that it submitted a request to evacuate the journalists from Gaza for that purpose, but it was declined by Israel, according to the syndicate. The syndicate also stated that 25 journalists in Gaza are injured and require immediate medical attention.

December 29, 2023. Jabr Abu Hadrous, a Palestinian journalist and a reporter for the Hamas affiliated Quds Al-Youm broadcaster, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on his home in Nuseirat camp, northern Gaza, along with seven members of his family.

December 28. Mohamed Khaireddine, a Palestinian journalist who works for the Hamas affiliated Al-Aqsa TV, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on his family home in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza, along with 12 family members, including his nephew Ahmed Khaireddine.

Ahmed Khaireddine, a Palestinian journalist and a cameraman for the Hamas affiliated Quds Al-Youm TV, and a reporter for the Hamas affiliated Quds feed, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on his family home in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza, along with 12 family members, including his uncle Mohamed Khaireddine. Khaireddine’s brother, Basil, who is a reporter for the Palestine Today broadcaster, spoke about his brother’s killing to the channel, in a video that spread virally. Basil said that Ahmed wanted to rest for the first time in 82 days and didn’t want to leave the house to report when Basil asked him to go with him, adding “He wanted to rest, but apparently his rest was forever.”

December 24. Mohamad Al-Iff, a Palestinian journalist and photographer for the Hamas government owned local newspaper and news agency Al-Rai, was killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City, northern Gaza, along with an unspecified number of family members. Al-Iff was the cousin of journalist Mohamed Azzaytouniyah, who was also killed in the same strikes.

Mohamed Azzaytouniyah, a Palestinian media worker and a sound engineer for the Hamas government-owned local radio Al-Rai was killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City, northern Gaza, along with unspecified number of family members including his father.

Ahmad Jamal Al Madhoun, a Palestinian journalist and the deputy director of the Hamas government owned local newspaper and news agency Al-Rai and the director of visual content at the agency, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on northern Gaza.

December 23. Mohamed Naser Abu Huwaidi, a 29 year old Palestinian journalist working for the privately owned Al-Istiklal newspaper, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on the Shajaiah area in northern Gaza while covering the aftermath of the airstrikes.

December 22. Mohamed Khalifeh, a media worker and director at the Hamas affiliated Al-Aqsa TV channel was killed in an Israeli airstrike on his home in Nuseirat camp in central Gaza, along his wife and three of his children.

December 19. Adel Zorob, a Palestinian freelance journalist who worked with multiple media outlets, including the Hamas affiliated Al-Aqsa Voice Radio, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on his home in Rafah, southern Gaza, along with 25 family members. Zorob posted Gaza war news on his Facebook page and on WhatsApp news groups. The last news message was sent directly before his death, according to a WhatsApp screenshot CPJ viewed. The Zorob family were among the few Palestinians in Gaza who remained in their own homes in a war that has displaced some 1.9 million people — more than 80% of the territory’s population, according to the Associated Press

December 18. Abdallah Alwan, a Palestinian media worker and voiceover specialist who contributed to multiple media outlets including the Al-Jazeera owned platform Midan, Mugtama magazine and Al-Jazeera, and was a radio host for the Islamic University’s Holy Quran Radio, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on his home in Jabalia on December 18, 2023. In his last Facebook post on December 17, Alwan wrote that “On every morning, we say that last night was the worst night in the war… All days are worse than each other. This briefly describes the war.” On November 30, Alwan posted photos of the damage on his home because of Israeli bombing, saying two of his nieces were killed in the strikes. 

December 17. Assem Kamal Moussa, a Palestinian journalist who produced visual and written news reports for the local privately owned news website Palestine Now, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on Khan Yunis, southern Gaza on December 17.

Haneen Kashtan, a Palestinian journalist who contributed to multiple media outlets including the local Fatah-affiliated TV Al-Kofiya, the local privately owned Baladna Web TV (launched by journalists in 2017), and others, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on Nuseirat refugee camp in northern Gaza, along with other family members.

December 15. Samer Abudaqa, a camera operator for Al-Jazeera Arabic, was killed by a drone strike while covering the aftermath of nightly Israeli strikes on a UN school sheltering displaced people in the center of Khan Yunis, southern Gaza, according to Al-Jazeera and other news reports. He was trapped with other injured people in the school, which was surrounded by Israeli forces, and was unable to be evacuated for treatment. His colleague, Al-Jazeera bureau chief Wael Al Dahdouh, was also injured in the same strike.

December 9, Duaa Jabbour, a Palestinian freelance journalist was killed in an Israeli airstrike on her home along with her husband and children in Khan Yunis, southern Gaza. A representative from the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate told Anadolu that Jabbour worked as a journalist with the local website Eyes Media Network. In her last Facebook post, Jabbour wrote “To survive everyday is exhausting.”

Ola Atallah, a Palestinian female freelance journalist who contributed to multiple media outlets, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on the house in which she and her family was taking refuge, in the El-Daraj area of Gaza city in northern Gaza. Sources said that Atallah was killed with nine members of her family, including her brother and her uncles. On November 27, Atallah wrote an article for the Al-Morasel website about life in Gaza during the war, describing the destruction and damage to her neighborhood and city. Atallah formerly worked as a reporter for Anadolu news agency, which she left in 2017. Atallah was known on social media, and her last tweet on December 8 asked, “How many more nights of terror and death does Gaza have to count?”

December 3. Hassan Farajallah, who held a senior position for the Hamas-affiliated Al-Quds TV, was killed in an Israeli bombardment in the Gaza Strip.

A Palestinian journalist for Al-Majedat network, Shaima El-Gazzar was killed along with her family members in an Israeli airstrike on Rafah city in the southern Gaza Strip.

December 1. Abdullah Darwish, a Palestinian cameraman for the Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa TV, was killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip.

Montaser Al-Sawaf, a Palestinian cameraman for Anadolu Agency, was killed in Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.

Adham Hassouna, a Palestinian freelance journalist and media professor at Gaza and Al-Aqsa universities, was killed, along with several members of his family in an Israeli airstrike in the city of Gaza.

November 24. Mostafa Bakeer, a Palestinian journalist and cameraperson for the Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa TV, was killed in an Israeli airstrike in Rafah, southern Gaza.

November 23. Mohamed Mouin Ayyash, a Palestinian journalist and a freelance photographer, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on his home in Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, along with 20 members of his family.

November 22. Mohamed Nabil Al-Zaq, a Palestinian journalist and a social media manager for the Hamas-affiliated Al-Quds TV, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on Shejaiya in northern Gaza.

November 21. Farah Omar, a Lebanese reporter for the Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Mayadeen TV channel, was killed by an Israeli strike in the Tayr Harfa area in southern Lebanon, close to the border with Israel. She was reporting on escalating hostilities across the Lebanese-Israeli border and gave a live update an hour before her death.

Rabih Al Maamari, a Lebanese cameraperson for the Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Mayadeen TV channel, was killed by an Israeli strike in the Tayr Harfa area in southern Lebanon, close to the border with Israel, along with his colleague Farah Omar.

November 20. Ayat Khadoura, a Palestinian freelance journalist and podcast presenter, was killed along with an unknown number of family members in an Israeli airstrike on her home in Beit Lahya in northern Gaza. Khadoura shared videos on social media about the situation in Gaza, including a November 6 video, which she called “my last message to the world” where she said, “We had big dreams but our dream now is to be killed in one piece so they know who we are.”

Alaa Taher Al-Hassanat, a Palestinian journalist and presenter at AlMajedat Media Network, was killed, along with multiple members of her family, in an Israeli airstrike that hit her house in the Gaza Strip. In 2015, Al-Hassanat wrote an article about the 2014 war on Gaza, in which she detailed what she endured, adding that “our role as journalists is now more important than ever.”

November 19. Bilal Jadallah, director of Press House-Palestine, a non-profit which supports the development of independent Palestinian media, was killed in his car in Gaza in an Israeli airstrike.

November 18. Abdelhalim Awad, a Palestinian media worker and driver for the Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa TV, was killed in a strike on his home in the Gaza Strip. Awad had been working full-time since the beginning of the war in Khan Yunis and had left to visit his family.

Sari Mansour, director of the Hamas-affiliated Quds News Network, and his colleague and friend Hassouneh Salim, a Palestinian freelance photojournalist, were both killed in an Israeli airstrike on the Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza.

A Palestinian writer and analyst who contributed to the local news website MSDR News, Mostafa El Sawaf, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on his home along with his wife and two of his sons in Shawa Square, Gaza City.

Amro Salah Abu Hayah, a Palestinian media worker in the broadcast department of the Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa TV channel, was killed in a strike in Gaza.

Mossab Ashour, a Palestinian photographer, was killed during an attack on the Nuseirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip but his death was not reported until November 18, soon after his body was discovered.

November 13. Photographer for the Egypt-based Al Qahera News TV and a media worker with Press House – Palestine, Ahmed Fatima, was killed in a strike in Gaza.

Yaacoub Al-Barsh, the Executive Director of the local Namaa Radio, was killed after sustaining injuries on November 12 from an Israeli airstrike on his home in northern Gaza.

November 10. Ahmed Al-Qara, a photojournalist who worked for Al-Aqsa University and was also a freelancer, was killed in a strike at the entrance of Khuza’a town.

November 7. Yahya Abu Manih, a journalist with Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa radio channel, was killed in a strike in the Gaza strip.

Mohamed Abu Hassira, a journalist for the Palestinian Authority-run Wafa news agency, was killed in a strike on his home in Gaza along with 42 family members.

November 5. Mohamed Al Jaja, a media worker and the organisational development consultant at Press House-Palestine, which owns Sawa news agency in Gaza and promotes press freedom/independent media, was killed in a strike on his home along with his wife and two daughters in the Al-Naser neighborhood in northern Gaza.

November 2. Mohammed Abu Hatab, a journalist and correspondent for the Palestinian Authority-funded broadcaster Palestine TV, was killed along with 11 members of his family in an Israeli airstrike on their home in Khan Yunis, southern Gaza Strip.

Mohamad Al-Bayyari, a Palestinian journalist with the Hamas affiliated Al-Aqsa TV channel, was killed in an airstrike on Gaza City. 

November 1. Majd Fadl Arandas, a member of the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate who worked for the news website Al-Jamaheer, was killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Nuseirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip.

Iyad Matar, a journalist working for the Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa TV, was killed along with his mother in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip.

October 31. A media worker and administrator for the Palestinian Authority-run Palestine TV channel, Imad Al-Wahidi was killed with his family members in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip.

Majed Kashko, a media worker and the office director of the Palestinian Authority-run Palestine TV channel, was killed with his family members in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip.

October 30. Nazmi Al-Nadim, a deputy director of finance and administration for Palestine TV, was killed with members of his family in a strike on his home in Zeitoun area, eastern Gaza.

October 27. Yasser Abu Namous, Palestinian journalist from Al-Sahel media organization, was killed in a strike on his family home in Khan Yunis, Gaza.

October 26. Duaa Sharaf, host for the Hamas-affiliated Radio Al-Aqsa, was killed with her child in a strike on her home in the Yarmouk neighborhood in Gaza.

October 25. Saed Al-Halabi, a journalist for the Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa TV, was killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip.

A journalist for the Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa TV, Ahmed Abu Mhadi Mhadi was killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip.

Salma Mkhaimer, a freelance journalist, was killed alongside her child in an Israeli airstrike in Rafah city in the southern Gaza Strip.

Jamal Al-Faqaawi, a Palestinian journalist for the Islamic Jihad-affiliated Mithaq Media Foundation, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on his home in Khan Yunis in southern Gaza.

October 23. Mohammed Imad Labad, a journalist for the Al Resalah news website, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City.

October 22. Roshdi Sarraj, a journalist and co-founder of Ain Media, a Palestinian company specializing in professional media services, was killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip.

October 20. On October 20, Israeli journalist Roee Idan was declared dead after his body was recovered. A photographer for the Israeli newspaper Ynet, Idan was initially reported missing when his wife and daughter were killed in a Hamas attack on October 7 on Kibbutz Kfar Aza.

Mohammed Ali, a journalist from Al-Shabab Radio (Youth Radio), Ali was killed in an Israeli airstrike in the northern Gaza Strip.

October 19. Khalil Abu Aathra, a videographer for the Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa TV, was killed along with his brother in an Israeli airstrike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

October 18. Sameeh Al-Nady, a journalist and director for the Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa TV, Al-Nady was killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip.

October 17. Mohammad Balousha, a journalist and the administrative and financial manager of the local media channel “Palestine Today” office in Gaza, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on the Al-Saftawi neighborhood in northern Gaza.

Issam Bhar, a journalist for the Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa TV, was killed in an Israeli airstrike in the northern Gaza Strip.

October 16. Abdulhadi Habib, a journalist who worked for Al-Manara News Agency and HQ News Agency, was killed along with several of his family members when a missile strike hit his house near the Zeitoun neighborhood, south of Gaza City.

October 14. Yousef Maher Dawas, a contributing writer for Palestine Chronicle and a writer for We Are Not Numbers (WANN), a youth-led Palestinian nonprofit project, was killed in an Israeli missile strike on his family’s home in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia.

October 13. Salam Mema was a freelance journalist who held the position of head of the Women Journalists Committee at the Palestinian Media Assembly, an organisation committed to advancing media work for Palestinian journalists. Her body was recovered from the rubble three days after her home in the Jabalia refugee camp, situated in the northern Gaza Strip, was hit by an Israeli airstrike on October 10.

Husam Mubarak, a journalist for the Hamas-affiliated Al Aqsa Radio, was killed in an Israeli airstrike in the northern Gaza Strip.

Issam Abdallah, a Beirut-based videographer for the Reuters news agency, was killed near the Lebanon border by shelling coming from the direction of Israel. Abdallah and several other journalists were covering the back-and-forth shelling near Alma Al-Shaab in southern Lebanon between Israeli forces and Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group.

October 12. Ahmed Shehab, a journalist for Sowt Al-Asra Radio (Radio Voice of the Prisoners), was killed along with his wife and three children in an Israeli airstrike on his house in Jabalia, in the northern Gaza Strip.

October 11. Mohamed Fayez Abu Matar, a freelance photojournalist, was killed during an Israeli airstrike in Rafah city in the southern Gaza Strip.

October 10. Saeed al-Taweel, editor-in-chief of the Al-Khamsa News website, was killed when Israeli warplanes struck an area housing several media outlets in Gaza City’s Rimal district.

Mohammed Sobh, a photographer from Khabar news agency, was killed when Israeli warplanes struck an area housing several media outlets in Gaza City’s Rimal district.

Hisham Alnwajha, a journalist with Khabar news agency, was injured when Israeli warplanes struck an area housing several media outlets in Gaza City’s Rimal district. He died of his injuries later that day.

October 8. Assaad Shamlakh, a freelance journalist, was killed along with nine members of his family in an Israeli airstrike on their home in Sheikh Ijlin, a neighborhood in the southern Gaza Strip.

October 7. Shai Regev, who served as an editor for TMI, the gossip and entertainment news section of the Hebrew-language daily newspaper Maariv, was killed during a Hamas attack on the Supernova music festival in southern Israel. Regev’s death was confirmed after she was reported missing for six days.

Ayelet Arnin, a 22-year-old news editor with the Israel Broadcasting Corporation Kan, was killed during a Hamas attack on the Supernova music festival in southern Israel.

Yaniv Zohar, an Israeli photographer working for the Hebrew-language daily newspaper Israel Hayom, was killed during a Hamas attack on Kibbutz Nahal Oz in southern Israel, along with his wife and two daughters.

Mohammad Al-Salhi, a photojournalist working for the Fourth Authority news agency, was shot dead near a Palestinian refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

Mohammad Jarghoun, a journalist with Smart Media, was shot while reporting on the conflict in an area to the east of Rafah city in the southern Gaza Strip.

Ibrahim Mohammad Lafi, a photographer for Ain Media, was shot and killed at the Gaza Strip’s Erez Crossing into Israel.
 

All data comes from the CPJ.

Read CPJ's ongoing journalist casualty count: https://cpj.org/2023/11/journalist-casualties-in-the-israel-gaza-conflict/

Image by Mahmud HAMS / AFP: Journalists, relatives and friends pray over the body of Palestine TV journalist Mohamed Abu Hatab and eleven family members the day after they were killed when their home was hit in the Israeli bombardment of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip on November 3, 2023.

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