February 22, 2024

The article is of a funeral held in Beirut for two reporters who were killed in an Israeli airstrike on south Lebanon. The mourners gathered around the coffins of the two reporters, Farah Omar and Rabih al-Maamari, who were both draped in Lebanese flags. The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern over the deaths, adding to the over 50 journalists already killed during the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza. Al Mayadeen accused Israel of deliberately targeting the TV crew, stating that the channel was known to be pro-Palestinian and supportive of Iran’s regional military alliance.

Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati called the killing of the two journalists an “assassination.” Israel’s military responded by saying that the area was a dangerous war zone, and there was no deliberate targeting of journalists. Al Mayadeen claimed that the Israeli strike occurred near the town of Tayr Harfa, resulting in the death of a third person who was not working with the channel.

The funeral coincided with Lebanon’s Independence Day, and veteran parliament speaker Nabih Berri expressed deep sorrow over the deaths of the two reporters. The Israeli military has stated that they cannot guarantee journalists’ safety in areas of military activity. This tragic incident is not the first involving journalists being affected by the ongoing conflict between Israel and its neighboring regions.