46 dead journalists in Palestine since October 7
The official media office in Gaza announced on Saturday that Israel has been responsible for the deaths of 46 journalists since October 7, highlighting the peril that media personnel face in the volatile region. During a press conference held at Gaza's al-Shifa Hospital, the spokesperson denounced the silence of the international community and global press institutions.
According to Maktoob Media, the spokesperson's address stressed the need for more international support. "There are no red lines left uncrossed; these are systematic crimes against media workers that have been recorded. We have no list of demands. Our message is simple: if you regard us as humans, show your humanity by defending what is just and speaking against these hostilities," the spokesperson said.
Journalists in Gaza are confronted with extreme dangers, reporting from the front lines of conflict, including the Israeli ground offensive and severe air raids that batter Gaza City. These risks are compounded by disrupted communications and widespread power cuts across the territory.
Recently, tragedy struck as an Israeli air strike took the life of Mohammed Abu Hatab, a journalist for the Palestinian Authority's broadcast outlet, and 10 of his family members. The assault demolished their family home in the Khan Younis area, deepening the conflict's human toll.
Palestine TV condemned the killing as a "deliberate assassination" by Israeli forces and mourned the loss of Abu Hatab as a "martyr." The channel's statement broadcast by Wafa news agency decried the strike as an intimidation tactic aimed at Palestinian journalists to prevent them from reporting on the plight of their people and the "crimes of the occupation."