First journalist killed in current Middle East conflict

The first journalist has been killed covering the current 13-day old conflict between Israel and the Hezbollah militia in Lebanon.

According to the International Federation of Journalists, photographer Layal Nejib, 23, was killed on Sunday in southern Lebanon after a missile explosion. The missile reportedly exploded near the taxi she was travelling in.

On Saturday, the IFJ has reported that that Israeli air raids on TV transmission stations killed a technician working for the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation.

IFJ general secretay Aidan White said: “We are calling on both the Israelis and Hezbollah to respect the rights of journalists to cover this story and to make sure that no other media staff will lose their lives for reporting on the conflict.”

Press Gazette reported on Thursday that British journalists have had some near misses reporting on the current conflict. Robert Fisk, from the Independent, and Gavin Hewitt, from the BBC, both came close to being hit by missiles.

Picture: general view of a district in south Beirut from Reuters. 

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