RAMALLAH, July 22, 2017 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) and the Ministry of Information denounced in two separate press releases on Saturday treatment by the Israeli security forces of Palestinian journalists doing their work in the field.
The two organizations accused Israeli security of intentionally targeting Palestinian journalist, some of whom were hit by rubber bullets or tear gas canisters.
They said WAFA photographers Afif Amira was shot by a rubber bullet in the chest while covering the Jerusalem clashes and Mashhour Wahwah was hit by a concussion bomb in his foot while covering the clashes in Hebron.
Maan news agency reporter Mirna Atrash was intentionally hit by a stun grenade in the face during her coverage of the clashes at Bethlehem’s northern outskirts. Photojournalist Sinan Abu Meizar was hit by a rubber bullet to the head.
TV crews were also prevented from covering some events and were either held or forced to leave the premise.
The PJS and the Ministry of Information called on the International Federation of Journalists to intervene to protect Palestinian journalists from Israeli assaults and to defend their right to cover events freely.