Israeli Army Investigating Death of Reuters Journalist in Southern Lebanon
Incident under Investigation
The Israeli army is currently investigating an incident in southern Lebanon that resulted in the death of a Reuters journalist. The journalist, Issam Abdallah, was killed when he was struck by missiles fired from the direction of Israel. The army spokesman, Lt Col Richard Hecht, expressed condolences for the tragic event and assured that a thorough examination of the incident is already underway. The Israeli military has visuals of the incident and is conducting cross-examination to gather more information.
Lebanon has announced that it will submit a formal complaint to the UN Security Council regarding what they perceive as “Israel’s deliberate killing” of Issam Abdallah. The Lebanese state media reported that Abdallah, a Lebanese national, was providing a live video signal for broadcasters when the incident occurred. He was part of a group of journalists from various organizations, including Al Jazeera and Agence France-Presse, who were working near the village of Alma al-Shaab, close to the Israel border. This area has been a site of border clashes between the Israeli military and Hezbollah.
Maher Nazeh, who was wounded in the same incident along with his Reuters colleague Thaer Al-Sudani, stated that they were filming missile fire from Israel when one of the missiles struck Abdallah as he sat on a low stone wall. Moments later, another missile hit the group’s car, engulfing it in flames. While some news outlets have attributed the shells to Israel, Reuters has been unable to independently verify the origin of the missiles. Both Agence France-Presse and Al Jazeera confirmed that two of their journalists were also injured in the incident.
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