Today is the third anniversary of the death of the Reuter’s cameraman, Fadel Sobhi Shana'a, 23.
Shana'a was killed on Wednesday 16 April 2008 when Israeli occupation forces (IOF), at approximately 6:45am, started to carry out military operations in the eastern area of the Gaza Valley (also called Johr Ad-Dik village) and Al Buriej refugee camp.
13 other civilians, including 8 children, were killed that day during the military operation, according to Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights.
Three years has passed since the killing of Shana'a , yet justice has not been achieved.
According to Al Mezan’s investigations, Shana'a was killed deliberately by the IOF.
In less than five minutes the Reuters' crew had been attacked twice in spite of the jeep being clearly marked 'TV' and 'Reuters' on all sides.
Shana'a was also wearing a clear press badge on his vest when he and his colleagues stepped outside of the jeep to start filming.
It is well known that the IOF has and uses the most advanced surveillance equipment in the world.
Each area that comes under an IOF's attack is always covered by drones that provide accurate information and images.
This is in addition to the vision systems that the IOF tanks are equipped with.
The press crew was working in a clear open area during the day time.
Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights asserts that the killing of Fadel Shanaa constitutes a gross violation of human rights, especially article (19) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which is Israel is a State Party to.
His killing is also a violation of the international humanitarian law, which accords civilian journalists the same protection granted to civilians during armed conflict and occupation.
According to article (79) of the Additional Protocol I to Geneva Conventions of 1949, 'Journalists engaged in dangerous professional missions in areas of armed conflict shall be considered as civilians… They shall be protected as such under the Conventions and this Protocol…'.
Al Mezan calls on the international community to intervene to protect civilians and journalists in the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT).
It also calls on the International Federation of Journalist, and international, regional, and Arab press agencies to express their solidarity and take actions to achieve justice in the case of killing the journalist Shanaa.
Ends See the summary of Al Mezan's investigations : http://www.