Al Jazeera condemns the assassination of Hamza AlDahdooh
Al Jazeera Media Network strongly condemns the Israeli occupation forces’ targeting of Palestinian journalists’ car in Northern Rafah in the Gaza Strip this morning, killing journalists Hamza AlDahdooh and Mustafa Thuraya, Al Jazeera Crew, and seriously injuring fellow journalist Hazem Rajab.
The assassination of Mustafa and Hamza, Al Jazeera correspondent Wael Al-Dahdoh’s son, whilst they were on their way to carry out their duty in the Gaza Strip, reaffirms the need to take immediate necessary legal measures against the occupation forces to ensure that there is no impunity.
The Israeli occupation forces has systematically targeted our colleague Wael AlDahdoh and his family, killing his wife, son, daughter, and grandson in November 2023. Wael and his colleague, the late Samer Abu Daqqa, cameraman, were also targeted in December 2023. The assassination of his son Hamza in January 2024 confirms without a doubt the Israeli forces’ determination continue these brutal attacks against journalists and their families, aiming to discourage them from performing their mission, violating the principles of freedom of the press and undermines the right to life.
Al Jazeera condemns, in the strongest terms, the ongoing crimes committed by Israeli occupation forces against journalists and media professionals in Gaza. This alarming trend requires immediate attention and action from the international community. We urge the International Criminal Court, the governments and human rights organisations, and the United Nations to hold Israel accountable for its heinous crimes and demand an end to the targeting and killing of journalists.
Al Jazeera pledges to take all legal measures to prosecute the perpetrators of these crimes, and stands in solidarity and support with all journalists in Gaza. Al Jazeera reaffirms its commitment to achieving justice for more than 100 journalists killed, and to continuing to cover these grave violations.