Journalism organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is going to the International Criminal Court (ICC) over war crimes against journalists in the Gaza Strip and Israel. Since the war between Israel and Hamas broke out on October 7, eight Palestinian journalists and one Israeli journalist are said to have been killed while doing their work.
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In addition, fifty media buildings in Gaza were reportedly completely or partially destroyed. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) even speaks of 23 Palestinian, four Israeli and one Lebanese journalists dead.
RSF wants the criminal court based in The Hague to look into the alleged war crimes.
“The scale, severity and repetitive nature of international crimes against the media, especially in Gaza, call for a priority investigation by the ICC Prosecutor.” The eight Palestinians are said to have been killed by Israeli bombardments on civilian areas in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli was killed while reporting from a kibbutz under attack by Hamas on October 7.
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Israel defends the air raids on civilian areas by stating that there are also military targets there. RSF states that even if that is the case, it is still war crimes because disproportionate damage is caused to civilians.
In addition to the deaths mentioned, more journalists have been killed in the violence in recent weeks. A total of 34 journalists were killed, according to RSF.