IDF Says It Aware Of The "Incident" With Reuters Journalist Who Was Killed In Southern Lebanon
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said Saturday it was looking into the "incident with (a) Reuters journalist" killed in southern Lebanon.
Reuters videographer Issam Abdallah was killed when Israel fired artillery into the area where he and other journalists were gathered on Friday, which left at least six others wounded. The journalists were wearing press-labeled jackets at the time of the attack.
Without naming Abdallah, IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Richard Hecht said on Saturday his death is "a tragic thing", which they are "very sorry for", but did not admit it was an Israeli strike that took his life. He added that they have "visuals" of the incident and are cross-examining them.
Journalists from international news organizations Al Jazeera, Agence France Presse, and Reuters were among the victims of the incident, which marks one of the worst press catastrophes yet to emerge from Israel's war against Hamas.