Media 24

July 9, 2014, in Gaza City, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Hamid Shihab, a driver for the Gaza-based press agency Media 24, was killed when his car, clearly marked as a press vehicle, was struck by an Israel Defense Forces airstrike in Gaza City, the agency reported.

Media 24 cameraman Hatem Silmy told CPJ that Shihab was parked outside his home when the car was hit. The two were headed to the Media 24 office so Silmy could report on the ongoing conflict between Israeli and Palestinian forces, the cameraman said.

The car Shihab was driving was clearly marked as a press vehicle, according to multiple news reports. Photographs taken by Palestinian freelance journalist Zouheir al-Najjar and posted on Facebook show the word "TV" written in red on the car's gray hood.

It was not clear what kind of airstrike killed Shihab and injured several others.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) did not respond to CPJ's requests for comment. IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told The New York Times that he did not have details on the case.

Media Support Worker: In 2003, CPJ began documenting the deaths of vital media employees such as translators, drivers, fixers, and administrative workers.

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