Dec 08, 2023 12:48 UTC
  •  Reuters journalist Issam Abdallah killed by Israeli fire in Lebanon, investigations find

Two separate investigations have found that two Israeli tank rounds fired in quick succession, while journalists were filming shelling close to the border between Lebanon and the occupied Palestinian territories, killed a Reuters journalist and wounded six reporters in southern Lebanon on October 13.

A Reuters investigation has discovered that the two Israeli strikes claimed the life of its 37-year-old visuals journalist Issam Abdallah, and severely wounded Agence France-Presse (AFP) photographer Christina Assi, 28, near the Lebanese village of Alma al-Chaab.

Assi later had a leg amputated and is still in hospital.

The group of seven journalists from Reuters and AFP news agencies as well as Qatari Al Jazeera television news network were hit as they were filming Israeli bombardments on Lebanese territory from the top of an open hill.

All were equipped with helmets and bulletproof vests marked “Press”, with their cameras placed prominently on tripods.

Reuters said it had contacted more than 30 Lebanese government and security officials, military experts, forensic investigators, lawyers, medics and witnesses to put together a detailed account of the incident.

The news agency reviewed hours of video footage from eight media outlets in the area at the time alongside hundreds of photos from before and after the attack, including high-resolution satellite images.

As part of its investigation, Reuters also gathered and obtained evidence from the scene including shrapnel on the ground and embedded in a Reuters car, three flak jackets, a camera, a tripod, and a large piece of metal.

For its investigation, Reuters worked with the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), an independent research institute that also works with the Dutch defense ministry.