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Investigations into the death of a journalist and the wounding of six others in Gaza are referred to the UN Security Council

Lebanon stated today that it will refer to UN Security Council them Reuters and Agence France-Press (AFP) investigations which showed Israeli army fire killing a Reuters journalist and wounding six others in southern Lebanon on October 13.

In a Lebanese government statement regarding the publication of separate investigations by news agencies, acting Prime Minister Najib Mikati said: “Israeli criminality knows no bounds,” as reported by APE-MPE. Reuters is seeking comment from Israel’s prime minister’s office on the Lebanese government’s statement.

The Reuters investigation concluded that the crew of an Israeli tank killed Issam Abdullah and injured the other six journalists when two shells were fired in quick succession from Israel while the team filmed the cross-border shelling from a distance.

The Lebanese government has submitted a written protest to the United Nations saying Israel has killed civilians in southern Lebanon during weeks of hostilities on the border between Israel and the Lebanese armed group Hezbollah. For his part, an Israeli government spokesman said he was unaware of the findings of an investigation into Israeli tank fire that killed Reuters journalist Issam Abdullah and wounded six others in Lebanon, but denied that Israeli forces were targeting civilians.

“We are not targeting civilians,” spokesman Eilon Levy said at a televised press conference, responding to a question about the findings of investigations by Reuters and AFP news agencies, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. “We are doing everything possible to put civilians out of harm’s way,” he said.

Source: News Beast

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