27.8 C
New York
July 28, 2021
Cover

Reporters sans Frontieres turn to ICC over Israeli strikes

17 May, 2021
Press freedom watchdog Reporters sans Frontieres on Sunday asked the International Criminal Court to determine whether Israeli air strikes on a Gaza building housing media outlets constituted war a crime.
Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday defended the strike (Getty)

Press freedom watchdog Reporters sans Frontieres on Sunday asked the International Criminal Court to determine whether Israeli air strikes on a Gaza building housing media outlets constituted war a crime.

They acted after Israeli air strikes flattened the 13-storey Jala Tower in the Gaza Strip housing Qatar-based Al Jazeera television and the US news agency The Associated Press Saturday.

Israeli defence officials claimed the building housed not only news bureaus but offices of the Islamist Hamas, which controls Gaza. They gave the building’s owner an hour to evacuate the tower.

But RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said in a statement: “Deliberately targeting media outlets constitutes a war crime.

“By intentionally destroying media outlets, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) are not only inflicting unacceptable material damage on news operations.

“They are also, more broadly, obstructing media coverage of a conflict that directly affects the civilian population.

“We call on the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor to determine whether these air strikes constitute war crimes.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday defended the strike, alleging the building also hosted a Palestinian “terrorist” intelligence office.

RSF recalled that it had earlier asked the ICC to investigate what it regards as war crimes by the Israeli army against dozens of Palestinian journalists covering protests in Gaza in 2018.

Via News Agencies

 

Related posts

China-Africa tensions rise despite huge investments

warsan

Second wave of locusts striking hard-hit East Africa

warsan

Ethiopian PM pays surprise visit to Mekelle

warsan