ग़ज़्ज़ा सीमा पर झड़प में 31 साल के पत्रकार यासिर मुर्तजा शहीद : देखें वीडियो

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नाकाबंदी से घिरे ग़ज़्ज़ा पट्टी और अतिग्रहित फ़िलिस्तीनी क्षेत्रों के बीच इस्राईली सैनिकों के साथ झड़प के दौरान घायल फ़िलिस्तीनी पत्रकार घाव सहन न कर पाने के कारण शहीद हो गया।

ग़ज़्ज़ा स्वास्थ्य मंत्रालय ने बयान में कहा कि 31 साल के यासिर मुर्तजा जो फ़िलिस्तीन की अरबी भाषी न्यूज़ एजेंसी ऐन मीडिया के पत्रकार थे, शनिवार को घाव सहन न कर पाने के कारण शहीद हो गए।

फ़िलिस्तीन के एक स्वास्थ्य अधिकारी ने नाम प्रकट न करने की शर्त पर कहा कि इस पत्रकार के पेट में गोली लगी थी और अस्पताल में उसका दम निकल गया।

फ़िलिस्तीनियों के पत्रकार संघ ने एक बयान में कहा कि वह इस अपराध के लिए इस्राईल को पूरी तरह ज़िम्मेदार समझता है।

According to a report by Reuters, a Palestinian journalist after being wounded by Israeli gunfire, while covering the deadly protests taking place along the Israel-Gaza border. Thirty-year-old Yaser Murtaja, a cameraman for Palestinian Ain Media, was the 29th Palestinian killed this week. Palestinian health officials said a live bullet had penetrated the side of his abdomen and he later succumbed to his wounds in hospital. The daily protests, referred to as “The Great March of Return”, began on March 30 along the Israel-Gaza frontier, reviving a demand for the return of Palestinian refugees to towns and villages from which their families fled when the state of Israel was created.

Palestinian journalist killed in Israel-Gaza protests
A Palestinian journalist died on Saturday (April 7) after being wounded by Israeli fire on Friday (April 6) while covering deadly protests along the Israel-Gaza border, health officials said.

Yaser Murtaja, 30, a cameraman for Palestinian Ain Media, was the 29th Palestinian killed in the week-long protests.

The protests began on March 30 along the Israel-Gaza frontier with daily demonstrations dubbed “The Great March of Return”. Israel has stationed sharpshooters to stop attempts by Palestinians to breach the border or sabotage the security fence.

A funeral was held for slain Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja in Gaza on Saturday. Murtaja died after being hit by Israeli gunfire while covering the March of Return protest at the border with Israel on Friday, health officials say. He was one of several journalists said to have been hit during the demonstrations.

SOT, Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas leader (Arabic): “He is a fighter of the word and photo. I greet him in his martyrdom and greet all the journalists and media people who have already preceded him on the path of martyrdom.”

SOT, Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas leader (Arabic): “We say today, if this great journalist,Yaser, is martyred, our people are able to have a thousand Yasers, conveying the truth to all the world with cameras, articles, pens and courage.”

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Raju Narisetti

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@raju
Hey @AP, Palestinian Journalist Yasser Murtaja was actually shot & killed while covering the protests. He wore a flak jacket with large PRESS noted on it but the Israeli shooter carefully aimed at the exposed body by the armpit. He didn’t just die “after” covering mass protests.

Farah Baker

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Yaser is a Palestinian father, husband and journalist, he never left Gaza because of the blockade imposed on Gaza by the Zionist Occupation and traveling was his dream, but Zionist snipers killed him while he was performing his job as a journalist at #GreatMarchOfReturn #Gaza

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Funeral held for Palestinian journalist killed by IDF at #GreatReturnMarch
Published time: 7 Apr, 2018

© Suhaib Salem / Reuters
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Hundreds gathered in Gaza City Saturday for the funeral of Palestinian journalist Yasser Murtaja, who was killed by Israeli fire at protests at the Gaza-Israel border on Friday.

Murtaja died in the hospital after being shot by IDF fire whilst covering the second week of the Great Return March protests. His death brings the total number of casualties from Friday to 10.

Murtaja was wearing a press flak jacket and holding his camera when he was shot in the side of his abdomen in the town of Khuzaa. He was among six Palestinian journalists reported wounded by gunfire on Friday. Photographs of Murtaja being treated after he was shot show him wearing a press jacket.

“We were filming as youths torched tyres.” photographer Ashraf Abu Amra told Reuters. “We were about 250 meters from the fence. Israeli forces opened fire and injuries began. Yaser and I ran to film when suddenly Yaser fell to the ground.”

Murtaja was a photojournalist and filmmaker with Ain Media, which he co-founded. It creates work used by international media clients like the BBC and Al Jazeera. His shooting and subsequent death was announced by journalism groups including the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate, The Gaza Center for Media Freedom, and Reporters without Borders.

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh was among the hundreds at the funeral Saturday. Meanwhile, dozens of journalists gathered in Manara Square in Ramallah in the West Bank to protest Murtaja’s death, the WAFA News Agency reported.

RT contacted the IDF for comment about Murtaja’s death and reports that it fired at members of the media. “The IDF does not intentionally target journalists.” it said. “The circumstances in which journalists were allegedly hit by IDF fire are not familiar to the IDF, and are being looked into.”

Two weeks before he died, Murtaja shared a drone image of Gaza’s sea on Facebook, writing, “I wished I could take this photo from the sky, not from land. My name is Yasser Murtaja, I am 30 years old. I live in Gaza City. I have never traveled.”

The Great Return March is planned to continue up until the anniversary of the ‘Nakba’ on May 15, which Palestinians call the mass exodus from their land during the establishment of the state of Israel. Israelis celebrate this as Independence Day. Gaza is home to 2 million residents, many of them refugees expelled from Israel, who maintain the hope that their right to return will one day be granted.