Palestinian and international journalists in Ramallah protesting Israel‘s killing of fellow Gaza journalist Yasser Murtaja. (WAFA Images / Huthayfa Srour)
RAMALLAH, April 7, 2018 (WAFA) – Dozens of journalists gathered at Manara Square in Ramallah, in the central West Bank, on Saturday to condemn the fatal shooting by Israeli forces of Palestinian cameraman Yasser Murtaja at the Gaza-Israel border on Friday.
The protesting journalists, who included Palestinian and international journalists as well as the governor or Ramallah Laila Ghannam, carried signs condemning the Israeli crime and calling for the Israeli perpetrators to be held accountable before international tribunals.
Representatives of political factions and the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate condemned what they described as the unjustified murder of Murtaja, who was wearing a flak jacket with the words PRESS very visible on it.
Murtaja, who was shot in the abdomen, was one of 10 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces who used lethal force to quell thousands of non-violent protesters on the second Friday of the Great March of Return, which set off at many locations across Gaza’s border with Israel to demand the return of the refugees to their homeland in historical Palestine.
Meanwhile, Murtaja and the other nine Palestinians shot dead on Friday were laid to rest in their hometowns in the Gaza Strip on Saturday in funerals attended by thousands of people.