Wael al-Dahdouh, a well known Palestinian correspondent for Al Jazeera TV who has spent his profession protecting Gaza, had already misplaced his spouse, a son, a daughter and an toddler grandson in an Israeli airstrike in October.
On Sunday, he misplaced one other member of his household to the warfare: his eldest son, Hamza, was killed in an Israeli airstrike that left two journalists lifeless and wounded two others, in response to the authorities in Gaza.
The official Palestinian news company, Wafa, reported that an Israeli drone strike hit the automobile Hamza al-Dahdouh was touring in west of the southern metropolis of Khan Younis. He was killed together with one other journalist, Mustafa Thuraya. Two others, Ahmed Al-Burash and Amer Abu Amr, have been injured.
Wael al-Dahdouh mentioned his son was working for Al Jazeera on the time of his demise. Wafa reported that the 2 injured males labored for Palestine Today, a TV channel.
Photos from news companies of the assault’s aftermath confirmed a burned-out sedan that was lacking its windshield and most of its roof and hood. In a video apparently taken shortly after Sunday’s airstrike and shared with journalists on WhatsApp, a crowd gathers across the automobile. Someone throws a blanket over a physique within the driver’s seat, whereas others carry one other particular person from the passenger facet.
“Nothing is harder than the pain of loss. And when you experience this pain time after time, it becomes harder and more severe,” Wael al-Dahdouh advised Al Jazeera after his son’s demise. He added: “I wish that the blood of my son Hamza will be the last from journalists and the last from people here in Gaza, and for this massacre to stop.”
The Israeli army didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. Military officers have mentioned it doesn’t goal journalists and takes measures to guard them and different civilians.
As of Saturday, no less than 70 Palestinian journalists and media staff had been killed in Gaza, some whereas protecting the battle, some after they have been at house or sheltering with their households, in response to the Committee to Protect Journalists, which mentioned it was additionally investigating “numerous” different experiences of journalists being killed.
Their deaths have made it troublesome to acquire details about the size and destructiveness of the combating, an issue worsened by degraded communications networks and the dearth of permission from Israel and Egypt for international journalists to enter Gaza.
The authorities media workplace in Gaza, which is managed by Hamas, referred to as the killings of Mr. al-Dahdouh and Mr. Thuraya one other try and “intimidate journalists” and “obscure the truth” in a press release on Sunday.
The household of Wael al-Dahdouh, the Gaza bureau chief for Al Jazeera’s Arabic-language service, had taken shelter on the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza in late October after evacuating from their house in Gaza City. That was the place they have been hit by the Israeli airstrike, Al Jazeera reported on the time. He was reporting stay when he discovered.
Last month, Wael al-Dahdouh was injured, and the digicam operator he was working with was killed, after what Al Jazeera mentioned was a drone strike on a school-turned-shelter in Khan Younis the place they have been working. Al Jazeera reported that strike, too, was an Israeli assault.
Hamza al-Dahdouh was protecting the airstrikes, too. Hours earlier than his demise, Hamza, who described himself on Instagram as a photographer, journalist, cameraman and producer, seemed to be behind the digicam, posting pictures of destroyed buildings in Gaza and of a colleague in a bulletproof vest marked “Press” broadcasting from a rubble-strewn road.
On Saturday, Hamza had posted a photograph of his father. “Do not despair of recovery and do not despair of God’s mercy,” he wrote, “and be certain that God will reward you well for being patient.”
His father responded in a put up of his personal, “May God protect you.”