Sat. Jul 20th, 2024

A Reuters journalist was killed and six others were injured in southern Lebanon on Friday when missiles fired from Israel struck them, according to a Reuters videographer at the scene. The journalists, including individuals from Al Jazeera and Agence France-Presse, were near Alma al-Shaab, close to the border where the Israeli military and Lebanese militia Hezbollah have been clashing. Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati and a Hezbollah lawmaker blamed Israel for the incident. The Israel Defense Forces did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Israel’s U.N. envoy stated that they would investigate. Reuters identified the journalist killed as Issam Abdallah, who was providing a live video signal. Two other Reuters journalists were wounded in the incident. While other news outlets claimed Israeli shells were responsible, Reuters could not verify if the missiles were fired by Israel. Al Jazeera also reported two of its journalists were wounded and held Israel accountable. The village of Alma Al-Shaab has seen repeated clashes since the conflict between Israel and Hamas broke out. Fatima Kanso, Abdallah’s mother, blamed Israel for her son’s death. The Israel Defense Forces have not responded to her remarks. The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon expressed sadness and called for the halt of firing. The story is published from a syndicated feed.

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