IDF probes cameraman’s death


Israel announced an investigation into the killing of a Reuters cameraman by its forces in the Gaza Strip.

Following calls for a probe by Reuters and international watchdog groups, the Israeli military said Sunday it was gathering information to determine the circumstances behind the death of Fadel Shana.

Shana was killed while filming a central Gaza combat zone and film from his camera showed an Israeli tank firing in his direction. An autopsy revealed that he had been hit by a kind of dart used in Israeli shells.

Some critics have suggested the tank crew targeted Shana though it knew he was a journalist. The Israeli military rejected this.

“The IDF wishes to emphasize that unlike terrorist organizations, not only does not it deliberately target
uninvolved civilians, it also uses means to avoid such incidents,” it said in a statement. “Reports claiming the opposite are false and misleading.”

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