Members of the Al Jazeera Media Community condemn the killing of their colleague Wael Dahdouh’s spouse, son, daughter and grandson within the central Gaza Strip.
Members of the Dahdouh and Awad households have been hit by Israeli shelling on the residence they have been staying in on the Nuseirat refugee camp.
Al Jazeera Arabic presenter Tamer Almisshal mentioned the killing of Dahdouh’s members of the family is a part of ongoing Israeli focusing on of Palestinian journalists, particularly of Dahdouh, Al Jazeera Arabic’s Gaza bureau chief, whom Almisshal known as the “voice of Gaza”.
“Wael Al-Dahdouh is a pillar on the planet of journalism and in Gaza. He’s coated the Israeli offensives and wars on Gaza for years, the focusing on of journalists, and the killing of girls and kids.
“Wael has continued to report on Israeli atrocities regardless of the continuing threats in opposition to him and his household, and he’s refused to go away Gaza with the intention to convey to the world what is going on there,” Almisshal mentioned.
“His voice will go on – that we are able to assure. All our voices will go on, and we’ll proceed to cowl this assault to get the reality out each day.”
Dahdouh’s household, who lived in Gaza Metropolis, fled Israel’s bombardment to stick with family in Nuseirat whereas he stayed behind in Gaza Metropolis to proceed masking the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip.
Whereas reporting from Gaza Metropolis, Dahdouh was advised that an air raid had focused a constructing that destroyed his prolonged household’s home.
His spouse; son Mahmoud, who was a senior in highschool; and his seven-year-old daughter, Sham, have been killed. Hours later, it was confirmed that his grandson Adam had died as nicely.
Different members of his household are nonetheless lacking.
Talking from Ramallah within the occupied West Financial institution, Al Jazeera’s Walid al-Omary described what occurred as “past comprehension” and a part of Israel’s “relentless focusing on of Palestinians”.
“The household had moved to the south of the strip, however that didn’t preserve them protected. The Israeli military focused them. That is proof that there isn’t a single protected zone in Gaza,” al-Omary mentioned.
Al Jazeera’s Gaza correspondent Youmna Elsayed mentioned it was a “shock that we reporters, who report back to the world what’s taking place round us, should report the story of our colleagues or of our personal households.
“Wael was all the time a robust man. All of us flip to him once we’re in tragedy or not feeling protected. He calms everybody, speaks to us like a giant brother and never only a bureau chief. He’s all the time there once we want him.”
Regardless of the lack of his members of the family, Dahdouh’s colleagues mentioned they anticipate him to proceed to report on the continuing Israeli offensive on Gaza.
“This can be a man who has actually and credibly been reporting from his homeland for thus a few years. And now it hit him personally. It got here residence to hang-out him, however he’s nonetheless resilient, and he’ll proceed to be so,” Al Jazeera political analyst Marwan Bishara mentioned.
No less than 22 journalists have been killed by Israeli assaults within the warfare that started on October 7.
ElSayed was on air from Gaza Metropolis on October 7 when an Israeli strike hit the constructing behind her. She was unhurt.
5 days later, two Al Jazeera Arabic reporters have been wounded in a strike that killed Reuters journalist Essam Abdullah on the Lebanon-Israel border.
On Could 11, 2022, Al Jazeera Arabic correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh was shot useless by an Israeli soldier whereas masking a raid on the Jenin refugee camp within the occupied West Financial institution.
A UN inquiry discovered final week that Israeli forces used “deadly drive with out justification” and violated her “proper to life”.