June 24, 2024

JERUSALEM, Dec 8 (Reuters) – The Israeli navy, responding on Friday to a Reuters investigation that decided its forces killed a Reuters journalist in southern Lebanon on Oct. 13, stated the incident passed off in an lively fight zone and was underneath evaluate.

With out instantly addressing the loss of life of visuals journalist Issam Abdallah, a navy assertion stated Lebanese Hezbollah fighters had on that day attacked throughout the border and Israeli forces opened fireplace to forestall a suspected armed infiltration.

A Reuters particular report revealed on Thursday discovered that an Israeli tank crew killed Abdallah and wounded six reporters by firing two shells in fast succession from Israel whereas the journalists had been filming cross-border shelling.

Israel’s assertion on Friday stated that on Oct. 13, Iranian-backed Hezbollah militants launched an assault on a number of targets inside Israeli territory alongside the Lebanese border.

“One incident concerned the firing of an anti-tank missile, which struck the border fence close to the village Hanita. Following the launch of the anti-tank missile, issues arose over the potential infiltration of terrorists into Israeli territory,” the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) stated in a press release.

“In response, the IDF used artillery and tank fireplace to forestall the infiltration. The IDF is conscious of the declare that journalists who had been within the space had been killed.

“The realm is an lively fight zone, the place lively fireplace takes place and being on this space is harmful. The incident is at the moment underneath evaluate,” it stated.

The strikes killed Abdallah, 37, and severely wounded Agence France-Presse (AFP) photographer Christina Assi, 28, simply over a kilometre from the Israeli border close to the Lebanese village of Alma al-Chaab.

Amnesty Worldwide stated on Thursday that the Israeli strikes had been more likely to have been a direct assault on civilians and should be investigated as a battle crime.

In a separate report Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated the 2 Israeli strikes had been “an apparently deliberate assault on civilians and thus a battle crime” and stated these accountable should be held to account.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated on Thursday it was necessary that Israel’s inquiry into the killing attain a conclusion and for the outcomes to be seen.

“My understanding is that Israel has initiated such an investigation, and it is going to be necessary to see that investigation come to a conclusion, and to see the outcomes of the investigation,” Blinken stated at a press convention.

(This story has been refiled to make use of extra exact language to make clearer that navy assertion refers to fight on Oct. 13, not at a selected hour of day, in paragraph 2)

Writing by Dan Williams and Howard Goller; Enhancing by Angus MacSwan and Mark Bendeich

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