Human rights groups say the attack, which killed a Reuters journalist and injured six others, was “likely a direct attack on civilians.”
International human rights groups have said Israeli strikes that killed one journalist and injured six others in southern Lebanon were likely a direct attack on civilians and must be investigated as war crimes.
Separate investigations by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International found that the Israeli military fired artillery shells at journalists near the border on October 13, in what appeared to be targeted attacks on civilians.
The attacks killed Reuters journalist Issam Abdallah and injured six other journalists, including Al Jazeera cameraman Elie Brakhia and reporter Carmen Joukhadar.
HRW said the “evidence suggests that the Israeli military knew or should have known that the group of people they were shooting at were civilians,” making the attack a “war crime.”
“This is an unlawful and apparently premeditated attack on a very visible group of journalists,” HRW said in the statement.
The group also called on Israel’s allies – the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Germany – to “suspend military aid and arms sales to Israel due to the risk that they will be used for serious abuses.”
Amnesty said in its own report that the Israeli military strikes were “likely a direct attack on civilians that must be investigated as a war crime.”
The group’s investigation found that the journalists were “well removed from ongoing hostilities, were clearly identifiable as members of the media and had remained immobile for at least 75 minutes before being hit.”
“No journalist should ever be targeted or killed simply for doing their job. Israel must not be allowed to kill and attack journalists with impunity,” said Aya Majzoub, Amnesty’s deputy regional director for the Middle East and North Africa.
Journalists covering the Gaza war on the ground are facing unprecedented danger, according to the media rights group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
According to the group, at least 63 journalists have been killed since the Gaza war broke out, including 56 Palestinians, four Israelis and three Lebanese nationals.
The war also led to the “deadliest month for journalists” since CPJ began collecting data in 1992.
Source : www.aljazeera.com