Casualties among journalists during the Israel-Gaza conflict

Editorial Note: The following list presents CPJ’s most recent and initial findings regarding journalist fatalities in the conflict. Our comprehensive database will not include all these incidents until we conclude further inquiries into their circumstances. For additional details, please consult our FAQ section.

The Israel-Gaza conflict has resulted in significant journalist casualties since the commencement of hostilities on October 7, with Hamas initiating an unprecedented attack on Israel, prompting the latter to declare war on the militant Palestinian faction and launch strikes on the blockaded Gaza Strip.

CPJ is diligently investigating all instances of journalists and media personnel killed, injured, or reported missing in the conflict, marking the deadliest period for journalists since CPJ began its data collection efforts in 1992.

As of January 31, 2024, CPJ’s preliminary investigations indicate that at least 85 journalists and media workers have lost their lives among the more than 27,000 fatalities since the conflict’s onset on October 7. This toll includes over 26,000 Palestinian deaths in Gaza and the West Bank and 1,200 fatalities in Israel.

In October, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) informed Reuters and Agence France-Presse (AFP) that it could not guarantee the safety of their journalists operating in the Gaza Strip, following their request for assurances that their journalists would not be targeted by Israeli strikes, as reported by Reuters.

Journalists in Gaza are confronting heightened risks as they endeavor to cover the conflict amidst the Israeli ground assault, contending with devastating airstrikes, disrupted communications, shortages of essential supplies, and prolonged power outages.

As of January 31:

– 85 journalists and media workers have been confirmed deceased: 78 Palestinian, 4 Israeli, and 3 Lebanese.
– 16 journalists have been reported injured.
– 4 journalists have been reported missing.
– 25 journalists have been reported arrested.
– Numerous incidents of assault, threats, cyberattacks, censorship, and killings of family members have been documented.

CPJ is also actively investigating numerous unverified reports of journalists being killed, missing, detained, injured, or threatened, as well as instances of damage to media facilities and journalists’ residences.

“CPJ underscores that journalists are civilians engaged in vital work during times of crisis and must not be targeted by belligerent parties,” stated Sherif Mansour, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator. “Journalists across the region are making immense sacrifices to cover this heart-wrenching conflict. Those in Gaza, in particular, have borne, and continue to bear, an unprecedented toll and face escalating threats. Many have lost colleagues, family members, and media infrastructure, and have fled seeking safety when there is no refuge or escape.”

The list provided here comprises names based on information obtained from CPJ’s sources in the region and media accounts. It encompasses all journalists* involved in news-gathering activities. While it remains unclear whether all these journalists were covering the conflict at the time of their demise, CPJ has included them in our tally as we delve into their circumstances. This list is subject to regular updates.

*Note: The list may include journalists, media workers, and individuals involved in journalistic activities.

Journalists and media workers reported killed, missing, or injured:

January 29, 2024

Mohammed Atallah

Atallah, a 24-year-old Palestinian editor for the local Al-Resalah news website and a contributor to the regional independent website Raseef22, perished in an Israeli airstrike on Beach refugee camp in northern Gaza City, along with an unspecified number of family members, as reported by Raseef22, Safa news agency, the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate, and the International Federation of Journalists.

Ayman Sharrouf, Raseef22’s political editor, recounted to CPJ that Atallah “contributed to Raseef22 under his name and an alias. He had a keen interest in chronicling the daily lives of Gazans, despite the blockade, corruption, and narrow political agendas in the strip. When the war erupted, we collaborated, and he penned three articles. However, residing in the heavily bombarded north, one of the Israeli airstrikes struck his parents’ residence, claiming the life of one of his siblings and all family members.”

Sharrouf further shared, “Despite surviving numerous close calls, Atallah eventually evacuated. In his final correspondence, he assured me of his safety and expressed his desire to resume work soon. Sadly, I later learned of his demise through the news. Mohammed was an exceptionally dedicated journalist, endeavoring to amplify the voices of the people. Despite the challenges, he remained committed to fact-based reporting on the daily realities faced by Gaza’s populace. Unfortunately, he was robbed of the opportunity to fulfill his journalistic aspirations, a truly heartbreaking loss.”

January 25, 2024

Iyad El-Ruwagh

El-Ruwagh, a Palestinian journalist serving as a host for the Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa Voice Radio, succumbed to an Israeli airstrike on Nuseirat camp in northern Gaza, along with four of his children, as per multiple media outlets, El-Ruwagh’s outlet, the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate, and the Beirut-based press freedom organization SKeyes.

El-Ruwagh was laid to rest on January 26, according to Al-Jazeera. Prior to his demise, he took to Facebook to lament his family’s dire circumstances, pleading for someone leaving Gaza to escort his toddler to his wife, who had fled to Sinai, Egypt, with their son Mohamed following a previous airstrike that left him severely injured. Following El-Ruwagh’s passing, his wife shared posts on Facebook commemorating him and their deceased children: Loay, Nada, Yazan, and toddler Ahmed.

January 14, 2024

Yazan al-Zuweidi

Al-Zuweidi, a Palestinian journalist and camera operator for the privately owned Cairo-based broadcaster Al-Ghad, met his end, along with his brother and cousin, in an Israeli airstrike on Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza while en route to assess the aftermath of heavy bombing, according to his employer, the Beirut-based press freedom organization SKeyes, The New Arab, and the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate.

Aged 27, Al-Zuweidi had been with Al-Ghad for six years, covering the war and various other events in Gaza, as attested by the broadcaster. Al-Ghad noted that despite the perilous conditions, Al-Zuweidi persisted in reporting on the ongoing conflict, continuing to film from northern Gaza and sending footage to the channel even after evacuating south to Rafah became unfeasible.

January 11, 2024

Mohamed Jamal Sobhi Al-Thalathini

Al-Thalathini, a Palestinian journalist employed by the Hamas-affiliated Al-Quds Al-Youm broadcaster, fell victim to an Israeli airstrike on his residence in south Gaza, according to Al-Aqsa Voice Radio, Palestine Today broadcaster, and Al-Araby Al-Jadeed newspaper.

January 10, 2024

Ahmed Bdeir

Bdeir, a Palestinian journalist associated with the local news website Bawabat al-Hadaf, perished in an Israeli airstrike in Khan Yunis, near the Aqsa Martyrs hospital. Bdeir was positioned at the journalists’ tent at the hospital gate when struck by shrapnel, according to Al-Jazeera.

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