Published: 2018-04-25 17:49
Last Updated: 2018-04-25 19:33
Palestinian journalist Ahmed Abu Hussein died on Wednesday afternoon due to wounds sustained during the “Great Return March” protests in Gaza on April 13, 2018, the Ministry of Health announced.
Even though he was wearing a flak jacket with a clear “PRESS” marking on it, Ahmed Abu Hussein was shot by live bullets. The Red Crescent and the World Health Organization had provided first aid but due to his critical injuries he was transferred to the Ramallah Medical Complex in the West Bank to continue his medical treatment.
Abu Hussein, who worked for a local radio station in Gaza, became the second journalist to be targeted and killed by the Israeli snipers while covering the Gaza protests. Yaser Murtaja, a 30-year-old photographer, was also killed by a bullet in the stomach in Gaza on April 6.
While Israel denied its intention to deliberately target journalists, reports show that Israeli authorities had committed 28 violations against journalists in Palestine in March alone, according to the the Palestine News and Information Agency (WAFA).
So far, Israel has killed 40 participants of the Great Return March protests and injured more than 5000.
Despite adversities, Palestinians persevere in their protest for the fourth consecutive week and are expected to continue until May 15, marking Nakba Day, which is also the day when the US will relocate its embassy to Jerusalem.