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  • Photographer Rami Rayan killed in an air strike in a market in Gaza July 30. (Photo: AFP)

    Photographer Rami Rayan killed in an air strike in a market in Gaza July 30. (Photo: AFP)

Published 30 July 2014

The journalist and 16 other people died during an Israeli airstrike, violating their own four-hour truce.  

Palestinian journalist, Rami Rayan died in Gaza Wednesday in an Israeli air strike that hit a market in the Shijaiya neighborhood of Gaza city, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). ​

At least 16 other people were killed and 160 wounded in the same strike, including Mahmoud al-Khassas.

"We condemn the killing of Palestinian journalist Rami Rayan in Gaza by the Israel Defense Forces," said CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator Sherif Mansour. "Israel is showing little evidence to back its claim that it tries to avoid civilian casualties, including those of journalists, in its assault on Gaza."

Rayan was a photographer for the local news agency Palestine Network for Press and Media. According to the network's manager, Nasr Abu Foul, the shelling happened during a four-hour truce called by the Isreali military.

The network's editor, Mahmoud al-Khassas, was also amongst those injured in the strike and had been hospitalized with head injuries, accoring to Abu Foul.

Images show Rayan wearing a helmet and bullet proof vest marked “press.” Since the conflict began over three weeks ago, one other journalist and one other media worker have also been killed in Gaza while covering the conflict, according to CPJ.

Earlier this month, the Israeli government warned journalists that the state would not be responsible for their safety and security in the Gaza strip, saying “covering the hostilities exposes journalists to life-threatening danger,” said the GOP in a public statement.

Monday night, the Israeli Defense Forces launched air strikes against media buildings in Gaza housing the Housing the Hamas-run Al-Aqsa TV and Al-Aqsa Radio, and other news outlets.

More than 1,300 Palestinians and 58 Israelis have been killed since the conflict began. The conflict escalated this week, as Israel has significantly increased their shelling of the Gaza strip.

 

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