Friday, July 6, 2007

Beware the IDF: Unaccredited Cameraman now legless

A cameraman from Hamas's al Aqsa television station reportedly had to have both his legs amputated yesterday after the Israeli Defense Forces shot him repeatedly while he filmed conflict in the Gaza Strip. An anonymous army source was quoted justifying the shooting with this explanation:

Ghanem had been in the first line of fire and was not wearing a vest indicating that he was a member of the press... the man was probably not a card-carrying reporter, and his footage would probably be used for Hamas propaganda, not news.

Al Jazeera and the Agence France Presse both recorded the soldiers pumping bullets into their colleague. Oy vey.

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