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Journalist killed after years of relative calm on the Israel border

One Lebanese journalist was killed and another wounded in border clashes between the Lebanese Army and Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) last week, report Maharat Foundation, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and other IFEX members.

The two journalists were hit while covering the bombing of the Al-Adaysseh region on 3 August. They were clearly identified as media personnel, says Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Several journalists from various media outlets were also present.

IDF and Lebanese armed forces fired at each other on the southern border after an Israeli unit uprooted a tree in order to install a surveillance camera. Lebanese authorities claimed Israeli forces crossed the border during the operation, which Israel disputed.

Assaf Abu Rahal, a reporter for the Lebanese daily "Al-Akhbar", was killed by an Israeli shell. He covered southern Lebanon for the past four years, reporting on the aftermath of the 2006 conflict between Israeli and Hezbollah forces in Lebanon. Ali Shoaib, a correspondent for Hezbollah-owned Al-Manar TV, was injured.

"After years of relative calm, this outbreak of violence illustrates just how dangerous covering any corner of Arab-Israeli conflict can be," said IFJ. "Journalists and media can never be safe as long as governments fail to respect their rights to report freely."

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