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Amnesty Calls for Probe into Civilian Deaths in Gaza

HeadlineApr 18, 2008

Amnesty International is calling on the Israeli government to investigate the recent killings of Palestinian civilians and a Reuters journalist in Gaza. Reuters cameraman Fadel Shana was struck by fire from an Israeli tank while he was filming. He had traveled to the scene in a car clearly marked “TV-Press.” He was killed as he started to film the tank. Doctors in Gaza have revealed that Fadel Shana was killed by a controversial weapon that fired metal darts from a tank shell. Several of the three-centimeter-long darts, known as flechettes, were embedded in Shana’s legs and chest. Israeli doctors and Palestinian human rights groups attempted to get the US-supplied weapons banned in Israel five years ago. Reuters senior Gaza correspondent Nidal al-Mughrabi condemned the killing of Fadel Shana.

Nidal al-Mughrabi: “What happened was very tragic. Today is a very black day. Today is a very sad day. We all know that this was the price for Fadel’s dedication and bravery, and this is the kind of price that dedicated journalists pay in areas as risky as Gaza. Reuters has demanded a full and thorough investigation into the circumstances of Fadel’s killing, and we will await the investigation.”

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