JERUSALEM, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Israel’s military said on Saturday it was investigating the killing of a Reuters journalist in southern Lebanon. A Reuters witness at the scene told Reuters he was hit by missiles fired from the direction of Israel.
“We are aware of the incident with the Reuters journalist,” Army spokesman Lt. Col. Richard Hecht told a regular briefing. “We are looking into it. We already have the footage. We are cross-examining. It’s a sad thing,” he said.
Lebanon said on Saturday it would submit a formal complaint to the UN Security Council over the “deliberate killing by Israel” of Lebanese Reuters video journalist Issam Abdullah, state media reported.
Abdullah was with a group of journalists from other organizations, including Al Jazeera and Agence France-Presse, who were killed Friday while delivering a live video signal to the broadcasters.
The group was working near the Israeli border near the village of Alma al-Shab, where the Israeli army and Hezbollah have been firing in border skirmishes.
In the same incident, Maher Naseh, who was injured, along with his Reuters colleague Der al-Soudani, were filming a missile attack from the direction of Israel when someone attacked him while sitting on a low stone wall near the rest of Abdullah. group. Seconds later, another missile struck the team’s used car, which burst into flames.
While other news outlets, including the Associated Press and Al Jazeera, said the bombs were Israeli, Reuters could not establish whether the missiles were actually launched by Israel.
Two journalists each from Agence France-Presse and Al Jazeera were injured in the incident.
Reported by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by John Boyle
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