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Dozens of Palestinian Journalists Killed, Detained in War-Torn Syria

Published : 03-11-2019

Dozens of Palestinian Journalists Killed, Detained in War-Torn Syria

In statistics released on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists observed annually on 2 November, AGPS has kept record of the murder of a number of Palestinian journalists and the forced disappearance of others in war-torn Syria.

AGPS has documented the death of 18 Palestinian journalists since the outburst of deadly hostilities in March 2011, among them academics and volunteers. The causalities died while covering scenes on the battleground or while providing civilians with relief assistance across the ravaged Syrian territories.

Facts on the ground prove that the number of casualties is much higher. Difficulties in documentation stem from the absence of official statistics, lack of concern as regards the number of Palestinian casualties, journalists in particular, and the intricacy of the name-identification process.

The list includes nine journalists who died under shelling, five who were tortured to death, and four others who were fatally shot.

AGPS has learned that the casualties are photojournalists and activists Fady Abu Ajaj, Jamal Khalifa, Ahmad AlSahli, Bassam Hamidi, Ahmad Taha, and Bilal Sa’id. They were killed in onslaughts targeting Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees.

Photojournalist Jehad Shehabi died in an air strike on Hjeira town, south of Damascus, while activist Yamen Dhaher was killed in a raid on Khan Eshieh Camp. News correspondent Tareq Ziad Khader was pronounced dead in Daraa Camp, south of Syria.

Yarmouk residents Niraz Sa’id, Khaled Bakrawi, Hassan Hassan, and Alaa Naji, along with Bilal Ahmad, from Muadhamiyat AlSham, were tortured to death in Syrian government prisons.

Iyas Farhat and Ghassan Shehabi, director of AlShajara Center to document Palestinian heritage, along with activists Ahmad Kousa and Mounir AlKhatib were gunned down by government snipers.

Scores of activists, journalists, and correspondents have, meanwhile, been locked up in Syrian government dungeons for years. The list includes Muhannad Omar, Ali Shehabi, Rami Hajou, Ali Musleh, and Ahmad Jalil.

AGPS condemns the apathy maintained by the international community and Palestinian leadership as regards the extrajudicial killing, harsh torture, and arbitrary detention of Palestinian journalists and activists in war-ravaged Syria.

Short URL : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/9306

In statistics released on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists observed annually on 2 November, AGPS has kept record of the murder of a number of Palestinian journalists and the forced disappearance of others in war-torn Syria.

AGPS has documented the death of 18 Palestinian journalists since the outburst of deadly hostilities in March 2011, among them academics and volunteers. The causalities died while covering scenes on the battleground or while providing civilians with relief assistance across the ravaged Syrian territories.

Facts on the ground prove that the number of casualties is much higher. Difficulties in documentation stem from the absence of official statistics, lack of concern as regards the number of Palestinian casualties, journalists in particular, and the intricacy of the name-identification process.

The list includes nine journalists who died under shelling, five who were tortured to death, and four others who were fatally shot.

AGPS has learned that the casualties are photojournalists and activists Fady Abu Ajaj, Jamal Khalifa, Ahmad AlSahli, Bassam Hamidi, Ahmad Taha, and Bilal Sa’id. They were killed in onslaughts targeting Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees.

Photojournalist Jehad Shehabi died in an air strike on Hjeira town, south of Damascus, while activist Yamen Dhaher was killed in a raid on Khan Eshieh Camp. News correspondent Tareq Ziad Khader was pronounced dead in Daraa Camp, south of Syria.

Yarmouk residents Niraz Sa’id, Khaled Bakrawi, Hassan Hassan, and Alaa Naji, along with Bilal Ahmad, from Muadhamiyat AlSham, were tortured to death in Syrian government prisons.

Iyas Farhat and Ghassan Shehabi, director of AlShajara Center to document Palestinian heritage, along with activists Ahmad Kousa and Mounir AlKhatib were gunned down by government snipers.

Scores of activists, journalists, and correspondents have, meanwhile, been locked up in Syrian government dungeons for years. The list includes Muhannad Omar, Ali Shehabi, Rami Hajou, Ali Musleh, and Ahmad Jalil.

AGPS condemns the apathy maintained by the international community and Palestinian leadership as regards the extrajudicial killing, harsh torture, and arbitrary detention of Palestinian journalists and activists in war-ravaged Syria.

Short URL : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/9306