A journalist was reportedly among the nine Palestinians killed in Friday’s renewed clashes along the Gaza security fence. Speaking at the funeral, leader of the Hamas terrorist organization Ismail Haniyeh declared that the Palestinian people could station another 1000 of such journalists “who will tell the world the truth.”
Gaza protests Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90
Hundreds attended the funeral of journalist Yaser Murtaja in Gaza on Saturday after he died from wounds sustained during Friday’s clashes along the Gaza border fence. Gaza’s Health Ministry claimed he had died from Israeli fire.
Speaking at the funeral, leader of the Hamas terrorist organization Ismail Haniyeh declared that the Palestinian people could “station another 1000 Yasers who will tell the world the truth.” Meanwhile, the Palestinian Journalist Committee declared it would appeal to the International Court of Justice in the Hague to investigate the journalist’s death.
In a statement on Saturday, The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit clarified the military would investigate the claims. “The IDF is committed to preventing infiltration into Israel, as well as threats against our troops and Israeli civilians,” the statement read. “The IDF does not target journalists. The circumstances that led to journalists allegedly being harmed by IDF fire are not known to us and are being investigated.”
As previously reported by JOL, some 15,000 Palestinians arrived at the second mass protest at the border. The IDF has declared the area a closed military zone since the morning hours. “The IDF will not allow any breach of security infrastructure or the security fence, which protects Israeli civilians,” the military said. “The IDF will act against those who are involved in these attacks.”