Journalist shot at Gaza protest dies of wounds

People carry the body of Palestinian journalist Ahmed Abu Hussein, who died of wounds he sustained while covering a protest along the Gaza-Israel border, at a hospital in the northern Gaza Strip on April 25, 2018. (REUTERS/Mohammed Salem)
Updated 26 April 2018
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Journalist shot at Gaza protest dies of wounds

  • Ahmed Abu Hussein worked for Radio Shaab, a well-known radio station, and as a photographer for a local news agency
  • Most of the Palestinians killed by Israel since the start of “March of Return” protests on March 30 were shot by snipers on the border

GAZA CITY: A Palestinian journalist shot two weeks ago by Israeli forces on the Gaza border has died, Israeli and Palestinian sources said on Wednesday. He is the second journalist killed in a month of unrest.

Ahmed Abu Hussein, 25, was shot on April 13 while covering protests along the Gaza border for Palestinian media. 

The Gaza Health Ministry announced he had died after receiving treatment inside Israel, which the Sheba hospital near Tel Aviv confirmed. His brother Diaa said they were preparing to transfer the body to Gaza for his funeral.

Abu Hussein worked for Radio Shaab, a well-known radio station seen as close to the left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) party, as well as being a photographer for a local news agency.

The family said the body was expected to cross from Israel late Wednesday, with the funeral to be held on Thursday. Abu Hussein was shot in the stomach while covering protests near Jabalia in northern Gaza, the Health Ministry in Gaza said.

Images from the day appear to show him wearing a press helmet in the moments after he was shot. 

The Israeli Army did not immediately comment on the incident.

The Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate said it held the Israeli authorities “fully responsible for this crime” and called for prosecutions. 

Photographer Yasser Murtaja was killed on April 6 while covering the protests. Israel has since accused him of being an active member of Hamas, a claim denied by his family and colleagues.

Abu Hussein’s death brought the toll of Palestinians in Gaza killed by Israeli fire since March 30 to 41.

Most of the Palestinians killed by Israel since the start of “March of Return” protests on March 30 were shot by snipers on the border, while a few others were killed by Israeli artillery or airstrikes. No Israelis have been injured.

The deaths have led to calls for investigation from the UN, EU and others but these have been rejected by Israel.

The Israeli Army says its troops only open fire in self-defense or to stop protesters attempting to breach the barrier separating the territory from Israel.

The return march protests are calling for millions of Palestinians to be allowed to return to their historic homes, that are now inside Israel

Israel says such a return would destroy its identity as a Jewish state and accuses Hamas of seeking to use the protests as a means of violence.


US imposes new sanctions on Iran over weapons programs

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US imposes new sanctions on Iran over weapons programs

  • Among those designated for sanctions was the Shahid Karimi group, which works on missile and explosive-related projects for the SPND, and four associated individuals
  • The move freezes any US assets of those targeted and bans US dealings with them

WASHINGTON: The United States said on Friday it was imposing sanctions on 14 people and 17 entities connected to Iran’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (SPND), a body it said had played a central role in Iran’s past nuclear weapons effort.
Among those designated for sanctions was the Shahid Karimi group, which works on missile and explosive-related projects for the SPND, and four associated individuals, the US Treasury Department said in a Statement.
“The US government is taking decisive action against actors at all levels in connection with Iran’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (SPND) who have supported the Iranian regime’s defense sector,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.
“The United States will continue applying maximum pressure to the Iranian regime, using all economic tools to prevent Iran from developing weapons of mass destruction. Anyone considering dealing with the Iranian defense industry in general, and SPND in particular, risks professional, personal, and financial isolation.”
It said the steps targeted current SPND subordinate groups, supporters, front companies, and associated officials. The move freezes any US assets of those targeted and bans US dealings with them.
"Today’s action serves as a warning to individuals and entities considering dealing with the Iranian regime’s defense sector in general, and SPND in particular: by engaging in sanctionable activity with designated Iranian persons, you risk professional, personal, and financial isolation," the Treasury statement said.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday that Tehran was determined to boost its defense capabilities despite mounting pressure from the United States and its allies to curb its ballistic missile program.