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MADA: Second group of journalists beaten in Hebron
Published Saturday 15/12/2012 (updated) 16/12/2012 11:29
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Palestinians in Hebron Dec. 13, 2012. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- After Reuters cameramen were assaulted by Israeli forces in Hebron this week, a second group of journalists were beaten by troops in the West Bank city, a press freedom group said Saturday.

On Wednesday, Israeli soldiers punched two Reuters journalists and forced them to strip in the street, before letting off a tear gas canister in front of them, leaving one of them needing hospital treatment.

A freelance reporter and Al-Quds TV correspondent were also beaten during the incident in Hebron, the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms, MADA, said.

The journalists were covering the aftermath of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Muhammad Salaymeh by an Israeli border guard in the city.

A day later, four journalists went to cover the ensuing clashes, and were blocked and threatened by an Israeli force near Hebron's Tareq ben Zaid school, MADA said.

Associated Press photographer Hazem Bader was detained for 45 minutes by Israeli soldiers, the journalists told MADA.

"They tied my hands behind my back, beat me on my feet and my back, and cursing me all the time," Bader said.

"One of the soldiers tried to fabricate a charge against me that I tried to assault him, but my colleagues of photographers documented the arrest."

He was freed when a press office intervened, he said.

MADA condemned the "escalation of violations" against journalists in Hebron this week.
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1 ) Reader / from Edmonton
16/12/2012 01:18
Al-Salaymah died for a cake. Some trigger-happy IDF clown shot him for carrying a cake. Some other IDF clowns tried to cover that blunder by planting a toy plastic gun earlier confiscated on the victim and fabricating a cover lie. If cake becomes the symbol of Palestinian peace, if everyone passing an IDF checkpoint brings the invading forces cake, perhaps peace will prevail in Palestine.

2 ) gabi / australia
16/12/2012 02:31
What's the problem? These journalists showing the public too much of Israeli terrorism?
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