At least 36 journalists have been killed covering the Israel-Hamas war, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
A report from the New York nonprofit found that 31 Palestinian, four Israeli, and one Lebanese journalist have been killed while covering the conflict. The organization said it is also investigating over 100 instances of journalists who have been killed, abducted, detained, or threatened.
"Journalists are civilians doing important work during times of crisis and must not be targeted by warring parties,” said Sherif Mansour, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator. “Journalists across the region are making great sacrifices to cover this heartbreaking conflict. All parties must take steps to ensure their safety.”
Dozens of journalists killed in Israel-Gaza conflict
The report notes that journalists are facing "a ground assault by Israeli troops, devastating Israeli airstrikes, disrupted communications, and extensive power outages," which have been key factors contributing to the deaths seen so far.
Israel announced a complete siege of Gaza, cutting off Palestinian civilians' access to water, food, fuel, and electricity. They also ordered that the 1.1 million residents in the northern half of the strip evacuate to the southern area, which the United Nations has warned is "impossible" without "devastating humanitarian consequences."
The Israeli airstrikes have been particularly devastating. Israel said it dropped 6,000 bombs on the Gaza Strip during the first six days of war — that's more than the U.S. dropped in any month while combating ISIS.
Over 10,000 Palestinian civilians in Gaza have been killed since Israel declared war on Hamas and began its retaliatory attacks, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza. 40 percent of those killed were women and children.
The Committee to Protest Journalists notes that journalists who have questions about their safety and security can contact them at email@example.com.
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