International Press Condemns Attack on Palestinian Journalist by Israeli Soldiers

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Brussles,22 Sha’ban 1438/ 19 May 2017 (MINA) – The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemned Thursday the attack against Majdi Shtayeh, a Palestinian photojournalist who was wounded from gun shots by Israeli occupation troops at a protest in the West Bank earlier on Thursday.

The incident happened during a protest by demonstrators supporting Palestinian prisoners who have gone on hunger strike in Israeli jails since 17 April.

During the clashes, which took place near a military checkpoint, shots were fired by Israeli soldiers and an Israeli settler who attempted to drive through a crowd of Palestinian protesters.

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“We condemn in the strongest terms the attack against our colleague Majdi Shtayeh and we urge the Israeli authorities to immediately launch an investigation into both the attack of the photojournalist and the killing of the Palestinian civilian so that those responsible can be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” KUNA reported, citing the IFJ General Secretary, Anthony Bellanger in a statement.

“Unfortunately this is not the first time we witness the disproportionate use of force by Israeli military authorities against the members of our affiliate, which should definitely stop,” he added. (T/RS5/RS!)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)