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Israeli police officers attack two photographers at funeral of Palestinian youth

Mourners carry the body of Palestinian-American youth Orwah Hammad, whom medics said was killed by Israeli forces, during his funeral in the West Bank village of Silwad near Ramallah October 26, 2014
Mourners carry the body of Palestinian-American youth Orwah Hammad, whom medics said was killed by Israeli forces, during his funeral in the West Bank village of Silwad near Ramallah October 26, 2014

REUTERS/Ammar Awad

This article was originally published on ifj.org on 31 October 2014.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned an attack by Israeli police on photographers near Silwad in the West Bank on Sunday, 26 October.

According to reports, Israeli police fired rubber bullets at the photographers at close range while they were taking pictures of protests that followed the funeral of a Palestinian activist.

Two journalists are said to have received minor injuries in the attack. One was a reporter from Associated Press who is said to have injured his arm. Another freelance photographer from Switzerland, Lazar Simeonov, also injured his hand and his camera was damaged.

IFJ's Swiss affiliate, Impressum, has issued a statement demanding that the Israeli Ambassador in Switzerland, investigates the incident and provides an explanation for the attack.

“We strongly condemn this reckless and brutal attack which showed no regard for the safety of the journalists who were carrying out legitimate work to ensure the truth is told,” said IFJ President Jim Boumelha. “This incident is yet another example of the Israeli soldiers' blatant disregard for the safety, freedoms and rights of journalists covering the conflict.

"We call on the Israeli government to carry out a thorough investigation to identify and punish those soldiers who carried out this act and ensure they face the full weight of justice."

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