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Turkish state broadcaster says cameraman lost leg after Israeli strike on refugee camp

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Sami Shahadeh, a cameraman for Turkish state-owned channel TRT Arabi, had his leg amputated after his team’s car was targeted by the Israeli military in the Nuseirat refugee camp in Gaza, TRT World reported.

The Israeli army targeted a group of journalists, including the TRT Arabi team, who were reporting from the Nuseirat refugee camp, TRT World reported, citing eyewitness accounts. Some journalists were injured after being hit by tank fire.

TRT Arabi correspondent Sami Berhum and other journalists were also injured in the attack.

The Israeli army announced yesterday that it had launched a “surprise military operation” in the center of the Gaza Strip, in which a number of Palestinians were killed.

TRT Director General Zahid Sobacı condemned the attack, describing it as “brutality” with “no moral, legal or humanitarian limits.”

The Israeli attacks on both Gaza and the occupied West Bank continue, Al Jazeera reported on Friday.

In Gaza, Israeli forces bombed the Nuseirat refugee camp where Shehadeh was injured, which resulted in the death of at least five Palestinians and the injury of others, according to local media.

In the West Bank at least two Palestinians were killed in a raid in Tubas, Al Jazeera said.

Israel began pounding Gaza in retaliation for an unprecedented attack by militant group Hamas in the south of Israel on October 7, which claimed around 1,200 lives and led to the taking of some 250 hostages.

As of April 6, 133 hostages remained in captivity in the Gaza Strip, 129 of whom had been abducted on October 7.

The death toll in Gaza, meanwhile, has exceeded 33,500, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reports that Israel’s military killed more than 90 journalists, while the Hamas attack killed two, making the period since October 7 the deadliest for journalists since CPJ began monitoring in 1992.

As of April 12, 2024, at least 95 journalists and media workers have been killed in the conflict, according to preliminary research, CPJ said.

Among the fatalities are 90 Palestinian, 2 Israeli and 3 Lebanese journalists, while 16 journalists have been injured, four are missing and 25 are under arrest.

The situation for journalists in Gaza is particularly dire as they are at high risk from Israeli airstrikes, disrupted communications and power outages.

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