Palestine: Protesters demand justice for death of journalist


Palestinian protesters staged a demonstration on Monday demanding justice for their colleague Yaser Murtaja who died after being hit by Israeli gunfire, along Gaza’s eastern border near Khan Younis.

The protesters stood with their mouths sealed, holding photos of Murtaja, who was killed while covering the March of Return protest at the border with Israel on Friday.

Murtaja, a photographer from the Gaza-based Ain Media agency, was shot in the stomach, despite wearing a bulletproof vest imprinted with the word ‘Press’ on it. He later died of his wounds in hospital.

Palestinians protesters burn an Israeli flag  at the site of a tent protest on April 9, 2018, at Gaza border east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP)


According to the Palestinian Syndicate of Journalists, a further seven journalists were also injured during Friday’s protests.

In a statement, the Israeli military said that it “does not intend to shoot at journalists” and has since opened an investigation into the incident.

The six-week long ‘March of Return’ is a campaign by Palestinians who are calling for the return of the land which is now claimed by Israel.

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