Social media footage has shown CNN staff being surrounded and pushed by Israeli forces.
The clip shows Ben Wedeman, a CNN senior correspondent, being encircled by Israeli soldiers near a stone barrier before being shoved away from it.
Wedeman, who has reported on conflicts in Syria and a previous war in Gaza in 2014, can be seen walking away despondently while inspecting his hand, which may have been injured during the incident.
The video was tweeted by Mark Stone, Sky News’ Middle East correspondent, who has been reporting for the broadcaster from the region.
Ben Wedeman is one of the most tenacious and rigorous international correspondents I had the pleasure of producing for back in the day. He gets the region better than most and he continues to pay the toll of his work every single day. This is so unfair. https://t.co/SAs3bPrXVK— Mohamed Abdelfattah (@mfatta7) May 19, 2021
In the same clip, another member of the press is seen being violently pushed by another soldier.
The Sky News reporter indicated that the behavior by the Israeli forces in the video isn’t an isolated incident.
“It’s happened to us all this week,” he says before recounting an interaction with Israeli police.
“Today I walked past a policeman. I smiled and said hello. ‘F*ck off’ he said,” the reporter wrote.
In another Tweet, Stone says: “I saw a lot more instances of entirely unnecessary, provocative behavior by Israeli police/military today. At Damascus Gate (stun grenades thrown at peaceful Palestinian group), in Sheikh Jarrah (skunk water fired on Palestinian homes) & Bethlehem (volleys of tear gas).”
On Tuesday, the continuing violent exchanges of heavy airstrikes and rocket fire between Israelis and Palestinians claimed more lives.
Protestors and Israeli security forces clashed at multiple locations across the occupied West Bank and in east Jerusalem.
On Saturday, an Israeli strike destroyed a building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press (AP) and other media outlets. The building was evacuated before the strike.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday said he had not seen any Israeli evidence that Hamas was operating from the building.
AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said his organization was seeking “information from the Israeli government and are engaged with the US State Department to try to learn more” and said the “world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today.”
According to Aidan White, founder of the Ethical Journalism Network, the destruction of media assets in Gaza City is serious but by no means unusual. “If one looks back over the past 25 years, the targeting of media institutions and journalists themselves has increased dramatically,” he told Arab News.
This is happening “not least because the capacity of the media to report from war zones — and to be able to report wrongdoing and inappropriate behavior or war crimes — is greatly enhanced, and changing technology has had a lot to do with it.”
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