Following Israeli bombings on the southern town of Tayr Harfa that claimed the lives of two journalists from the Lebanese TV station Al-Mayadeen, Hezbollah, a Shia military organization in Lebanon, has threatened to avenge Israel’s “brutal aggression.”
“This crime, along with the one that targeted Reuters photojournalist Issam Abdallah earlier this year, the murder of numerous journalists in Gaza, and the occupation forces’ destruction of their headquarters, highlights the critical role that the media plays in exposing the enemy’s tactics and its horrifying crimes against civilians, particularly in the Gaza Strip,” Hezbollah said in a statement on Tuesday.
According to Xinhua news agency, the military group demanded that world media and humanitarian organizations denounce the “crime and similar crimes that preceded it” and “exert the highest levels of pressure” on the Israeli government to cease its assaults on journalists and civilians.
Najib Mikati, the prime minister of Lebanon, vehemently denounced the Israeli strikes that claimed the lives of journalists in the south on Tuesday. “Israel’s goal is to silence the media that exposes its crimes and attacks,” he added, citing the incident as more proof.
In response to Israel’s ongoing invasion, Lebanese Defense Minister Maurice Slim demanded “a unified and effective Arab and international position as statements of denunciation and condemnation are no longer sufficient.”
Two Israeli drones struck Farah Omar, a reporter for the local TV channel Al-Mayadeen, and Rabih Al-Maamari, a photographer for the same channel, on Tuesday while they were covering events in southern Lebanon. Hussein Akil, a civilian, was also killed in the incident, according to Lebanese TV channel Al-Manar.
While reporting on Israeli bombardment in the southern town of Alma al-Shaab on October 13, Reuters photographer Issam Abdallah, a Lebanese national, was murdered. Several other journalists from Agence France-Presse and Al Jazeera were also injured.
The Lebanese Foreign Ministry filed a protest against Israel for attacking journalists with the UN Security Council on October 14.
The Lebanese armed group Hezbollah fired dozens of rockets toward Shebaa Farms on October 8 in support of the Hamas attacks on Israel on Monday, causing the Israeli forces to respond by firing heavy artillery toward several areas in southeast Lebanon. This action escalated tensions along the Israel-Lebanon border for more than six weeks.