Reuters Responds Fiercely After Reporter Is Killed In Lebanon

The October 13 strike in southern Lebanon that killed a Reuters videographer and injured six other journalists was reportedly a deliberate attack by the Israeli military, the New York Times reported.

Human Rights Watch said on Thursday that after reviewing the evidence, including dozens of photographs, videos, and satellite images, along with interviews with witnesses and military experts, it concluded that the journalists were not near the areas where the fighting was taking place at the time.

In its report, the watchdog group alleged that the journalists were “directly targeted” in the attack and labeled the strike a war crime.

According to an investigation published by Reuters on December 7, their videographer Issam Abdallah was killed by an Israeli tank crew.

In a statement on December 7, Reuters Editor-in-Chief Alessandra Galloni called on Israeli officials to “explain how this could have happened” and demanded that those responsible for the October 13 attack be held accountable.

One week after the Hamas terror attacks on Israel, seven journalists from Al Jazeera, Agence France-Press (AFP), and Reuters were standing on a hill near the border with Israel in southern Lebanon filming and broadcasting reports on the shelling between the IDF and Hezbollah.

According to Human Rights Watch, all of the journalists were wearing flak jackets marked with “PRESS” and were using a vehicle clearly marked “TV” at the time of the strike. The group had been on the hilltop for more than an hour when the strike occurred and could be seen from the Israeli military position more than a mile away.

In its report, Human Rights Watch said two munitions were fired about 37 seconds apart, killing Issam Abdallah and injuring the other six journalists. The car, which belonged to Al Jazeera, was destroyed.

In a statement accompanying the report, Human Rights Watch researcher Ramzi Kaiss described the strike as an “apparently deliberate attack on civilians” and therefore “a war crime.”