“Israel targeting the media constitutes a war crime”

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ANKARA

The international media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) called the deliberate targeting of the media by Israel a “war crime”.

“Deliberately targeting the media is a war crime,” RSF Secretary General Christophe Deloire said in a written statement on Sunday.

“By intentionally destroying the media, the Israel Defense Forces are not only inflicting unacceptable material damage on media operations. They also, more broadly, obstruct media coverage of a conflict that directly affects the civilian population. “

RSF called on the chief prosecutor of the International Court of Justice, Fatou Bensouda, to “include the Israeli airstrikes against more than 20 media in the Gaza Strip in its investigation”.

“We call on the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to determine whether these airstrikes constitute war crimes,” said Deloire.

Israeli warplanes on Saturday destroyed the Al-Jalaa Tower, which housed the offices of media such as Al Jazeera and the Associated Press.

At least four Anadolu news reporters covering the Israeli attacks in East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip have also been targeted by Israeli forces in the past two weeks.

Israel has bombarded the Gaza Strip with airstrikes since May 10, killing at least 198 people, including women and children, according to the Palestinian health ministry. More than 1,235 people were also injured.

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