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Journalists in the firing line again

Journalists and their work colleagues are once again in the firing line in a conflict zone. Reporters sans Frontières says seven journalists and media workers have been injured in two days in Lebanon. The RFS site comments:

It is unacceptable that journalists should be treated as combatants when they are covering clashes. We point out that this would not be the first time the Israeli army has deliberately targeted journalists.

New TV reporter Bassel Al-Aridi, cameraman Abd Khayyat and assistant cameraman Ziad Sarwan were injured when their vehicle was hit by shots from an Israeli helicopter directed at their vehicle which was clearly marked with the New TV logo.

Three employees at Al-Manar, the Hezbollah-operated TV station suffered minor injuries when the station was hit by a missile. They were not seriously injured, and an Al-Manar correspondent was hit during the bombardment of a bridge in the south of the country.

The Lebanon conflict has not so far increased the death toll of 27 journalists and 12 media assistants killed doing their jobs this year. Almost two-thirds of the deaths have been in Iraq.

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