Israel-Hamas war, Gaza famine warning

At least 94 journalists have been killed in Gaza, Israel and Lebanon since the conflict between Israel and Hamas began on October 7, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Wednesday.

On March 6, CPJ’s preliminary investigation found that 89 Palestinian, two Israeli and three Lebanese journalists were listed as killed during the Israeli-Hamas war.

The last journalist to lose his life in the conflict was Mohammad Salama, a journalist from the Al-Aqsa satellite channel who was killed by an airstrike in Deir Al-Balah overnight, according to the Palestinian Media Agency.

Displaced from Gaza City, Salama was killed along with several of his relatives when an airstrike hit the house where he was hiding in central Gaza, the Palestinian Media Agency reported.

Salama was not listed by CPJ on Wednesday, but said in a statement: “CPJ is also investigating numerous unconfirmed reports of the murder, disappearance, arrest, harm or threats of other journalists and of damage to media offices and journalists’ homes.”

“CPJ emphasizes that journalists are citizens doing important work in times of crisis and should not be targeted by warring parties,” Sherif Mansour, CPJ program coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, said in a CJP statement, adding added: “Journalists across the region are making great sacrifices to cover this heartbreaking conflict.

“Those in Gaza in particular have paid and continue to pay an unprecedented price and face exponential threats. Many have lost colleagues, families and media facilities and have fled in search of safety when there is no safe haven or exit.”

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