An Israeli airstrike hit a automobile transporting journalists in southern Gaza on Saturday, leading to two casualties and one damage. A supply from Reporters With out Borders tells Al-Jazeera that they imagine the automobile was instantly focused. Al Jazeera journalist Hamza Al Dahdouh and Agence France-Presse journalist Mustafa Thuraya have been killed. Hamza Dahdouh was the son of Al-Jazeera’s Gaza bureau chief.
The Committee to Defend Journalists (CPJ) launched a statement on the assault reporting that the journalists fell sufferer to the drone strike whereas on their method to an task in southern Gaza. The group famous that as of January 7, 2024, no less than 79 journalists and media staff have been killed because of the present Israel-Hamas battle. When talking to Al-Jazeera, CPJ stated that “the continual killings of journalists and their members of the family by Israeli military should finish”.
A watchdog at Reporters With out Borders, (RSF), in a press release to Al-Jazeera, says that “a single rocket” fell onto the automobile that was transporting the journalists, insinuating that the assault was intentional. He acknowledged that if the assault have been discovered to have been intentional, this “would qualify as one other conflict crime towards journalists for Gaza”.
Journalists are protected underneath worldwide legislation, as they’re at excessive danger of being focused throughout conflict occasions. Beneath Article 79 of Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions, journalists are granted the identical rights and protections granted to civilians throughout occasions of worldwide armed battle, in addition to exterior of battle. Civilians are protected underneath the Rome Statute of the Worldwide Felony Court docket and Geneva Conventions. The intentional concentrating on, killing, or torture of civilians and members of the press constitutes a war crime.
The event follows the Worldwide Court docket of Justice’s announcement that proceedings towards Israel have been instituted by South Africa, with public hearings to be heard on January 11 and 12, 2024.