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Israel-Hamas war:The IDF claims that it is unable to ensure the security of journalists reporting from Gaza.

Israel-Hamas war:The IDF claims that it is unable to ensure the security of journalists reporting from Gaza.




A Reuters story released on Friday states that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) informed foreign news organizations that they are unable to ensure the safety of journalists reporting from Gaza. 


This week, Reuters and Agence France Presse (AFP), two international news agencies, contacted the Israeli military to request assurances that Israeli airstrikes would not target their journalists who were on the ground in Gaza. 


In a letter to the two agencies, the IDF replied that they are "targeting all Hamas military activity throughout Gaza" and that "[their] employees' safety cannot be guaranteed under these circumstances, and they strongly urge [them] to take all necessary measures for their safety."


Additionally, according to Reuters, the letter stated that Hamas purposefully conducted military operations "in the vicinity of journalists and civilians." When Reuters questioned Hamas if these claims made by the IDF were accurate, Hamas did not answer right away. 


Concerns about the safety of journalists in Gaza have been voiced by AFP and Reuters, according to Reuters. 

In reaction to the IDF's letter, Reuters released a statement saying, The situation on the ground is dire, and the IDF's unwillingness to give assurances about the safety of our staff threatens their ability to deliver the news about this conflict without fear of being injured or killed.

AFP Global News Director Phil Chetwynd stated, We are in an extremely precarious position and it's important that the world understands that there is a large team of journalists working in extremely dangerous conditions.

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