Israeli Strikes Kill Two Journalists in Southern Lebanon

A total of 53 journalists have been killed in the conflict since October 7

Lebanese officials have said that two journalists were killed by Israeli strikes in southern Lebanon on Tuesday, bringing the total number of journalists killed since October 7 to 53.

The journalists worked for the Beirut-based Al Mayadeen. The media outlet said its correspondent, Farah Omar, was killed alongside cameraman Rabih Me’mari in the village of Tayr Harfa. Another civilian was reported killed in the strike, according to The New York Times.

The Israeli military claims it was targeting Hezbollah in southern Lebanon and said it was aware of reports of journalists being killed in the strike. In a statement, the Israeli military appeared to shift the blame on the journalists for being where they were.

“We are aware of a claim regarding journalists in the area who were killed as a result,” the military said, according to AP. “This is an area with active hostilities, where exchanges of fire occur. Presence in the area is dangerous.”

The strike brings the total number of journalists killed by Israel in Lebanon since October 7 to three. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 46 Palestinian journalists have been killed in Gaza, and four Israeli journalists were killed during the October 7 Hamas attack on southern Israel. For comparison, CPJ has recorded 17 journalists killed in Ukraine since Russia launched its invasion last year.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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