Israeli police assaulted a reporter from Sky News Arabia on Sunday as he covered a car-ramming attack in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem.
Israeli police killed a Palestinian youth after he ran over four police officers at a checkpoint in Sheikh Jarrah, which has been at the center of recent tensions.
What an absolute hero this @skynewsarabia reporter is! Firas Lutfi was assaulted by Israeli police while working on Sunday morning. By evening, after being bandaged up, he was reporting back live. https://t.co/CwNensH9mZ pic.twitter.com/uCNJmE0NaH— Sarah Diaa (@TheSarahDiaa) May 16, 2021
The Sky News Arabia crew filming at the scene said police assaulted correspondent Firas Lutfi, and tried to break their camera.
On May 7 and 10, Israeli security forces injured at least eight journalists covering covering protests in Jerusalem.— Committee to Protect Journalists (@pressfreedom) May 11, 2021
Journalists must be able to cover the demonstrations without fearing that Israeli security forces will shoot them with rubber bullets.https://t.co/X2CWx4ZdO7
“They beat me and tried to break the camera to prevent us from covering,” Lutfi said, adding the crew was able to transmit direct images of the incident and complete the coverage.
Shortly after, police officers were seen violently pushing Lutfi and one officer tried to block the camera with his hand.
Israeli police said four officers were injured in the attack and that the neighborhood has been sealed off.
Clashes erupted in the area between Palestinians and Israeli forces last month after Israel planned to evict Palestinian families living in Sheikh Jarrah to make way for Israeli settlers.
Those protests spread to Al-Aqsa mosque and sparked the exchange of fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
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