Mourners Remember Lebanese Reporters Killed in Israeli Airstrike
Mourners in Beirut paid respects to two journalists, working for Al Mayadeen, who were killed in an Israeli airstrike in south Lebanon. The bodies of correspondent Farah Omar and camera operator Rabih al-Maamari were draped in Lebanese flags. The Committee to Protect Journalists said over 50 journalists have been killed while covering the Israel-Hamas war.
Al Mayadeen accused Israel of targeting the TV crew because the channel supported Iran’s regional military alliance. Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati called the killing of the two journalists an “assassination.”
Israel’s military justified the deaths, claiming the area as a zone of active hostilities. Al Mayadeen said the Israeli strike occurred near the town of Tayr Harfa, killing a third person as well.
Parliament speaker Nabih Berri mourned the two Al Mayadeen reporters and others killed by Israel’s military on Lebanon’s 80th independence day. Israeli authorities have sought to block Al Mayadeen’s websites and seize related equipment.
On Nov. 13, Al-Jazeera said one of its crew members was lightly wounded in Israeli shelling.