RSF: Reuters journalist intentionally killed by Israel

Reuters' journalist Issam Abdallah holds a kitten while posing for a picture in Saaideh, Lebanon, weeks before his death.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) announced that a ballistic analysis has revealed that Reuters journalist Issam Abdullah was killed in a targeted strike by the Israeli military.

RSF shared on Sunday the initial findings of its investigation into the killing of Abdullah on the Lebanese-Israeli border on October 13 on its website.

It said that on the da y of the attack at around 6 p.m., two attacks took place approximately 30 seconds apart in the area, where seven journalists including Abdullah were located.

In the first attack, Abdullah was killed and another reporter was wounded, while in the second attack, a vehicle belonging to the Qatar-based news agency Al Jazeera exploded and many journalists were injured, the statement said.

The ballistic analysis revealed that the shots came from the direction of the Israeli border, from the east of the area where the journalist group and vehicles were targeted.

"The fact that there were two attacks coming from the same direction to the same point in such a short time (just over 30 seconds) clearly shows that there was deliberate targeting,” it stressed.

Israeli helicopter flying overhead

The statement further noted that the journalists who were at the point where the attack took place had bulletproof vests and helmets with "Press" written on them.

RSF also emphasised that Edmond Sassine, one of the journalists, said an Israeli helicopter was flying overhead a few seconds before the attack.

Israel has heavily bombarded Gaza since October 7 when the Palestinian group Hamas carried out a surprise cross-border attack.

Army spokesperson Daniel Hagari announced Saturday that the military was "expanding its operations" and moving to the "next phase of our war against Hamas."

Gaza's 2.3 million residents are also grappling with shortages of food, water, fuel and medicine due to Israel’s blockade of the enclave. Only a few aid trucks have crossed into Gaza since the opening of the Rafah crossing point last weekend.

Tensions have been escalating on the Israeli-Lebanese border since the launch by Hamas of Operation Al-Aqsa Flood and Israel’s subsequent attacks on Gaza.

Exchanges of fire between Hezbollah and the Israeli army have caused deaths and injuries on both sides.


Source: TRT