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Israeli Forces Reportedly Attack Arab Journalists

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Earlier today we told you about Israeli hostility to Al-Jazeera journalists. That hostility now appears to have boiled over: The International Middle East Media Center reports that a "cameraman for Al-Jazeera television was shot in Nablus, and a reporter with Al Hurrah television was also shot by Israeli forces today in separate incidents." (Hat tip Greenslade.)

From the story:

Wail Tanous was filming Al-Jazeera anchorwoman Guevara Albudeiri live in the northern West Bank city of Nablus early Wednesday afternoon when an Israeli military jeep pulled up and rammed the anchorwoman in the middle of her broadcast. The soldiers then proceeded to shoot the cameraman, Wail Tanous, in the leg. He was taken to a nearby hospital and is currently being treated, local sources reported.
Earlier today, according to IMEMC, "Israeli soldiers ransacked the offices of the main Palestinian News Agency, WAFA, damaging equipment and injuring reporter Mona Al Fares when they fired tear gas into her office."

Said Reporters Without Borders: "It is unacceptable that journalists should be treated as combatants when they are covering clashes."

The organization says Israel has targeted journalists in the past, noting the recent shooting of two Palestinian news photographers. Journalists from Fox News also recently came under fire in the region, when shots were fired at them, apparently from Israeli forces.

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