Freelance

August 13, 2014, in Beit Lahiya, Gaza, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Ali Shehda Abu Afash, a Palestinian freelance translator who was working with The Associated Press, was killed when an unexploded missile blew up in the northern Gaza Strip, according to his employer. The explosion also killed Simone Camilli, an Italian video journalist for the AP, and injured AP photographer Hatem Moussa. The crew had accompanied Gaza police engineers as they worked to neutralize missiles left from Israeli's strikes on Gaza, according to news reports.

Abu Afash, 36, lived in Gaza and worked with the international media as a translator and news assistant, the AP reported. He also worked for the Gaza Center for Media Freedom, a training center for young journalists that is affiliated with the Doha Center for Media Freedom, according to reports.

Abu Afash is survived by his two daughters.


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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