Press members in Gaza work in difficult conditions

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Hundreds of journalists traveling to the hot zone from different countries of the world to cover the events on the front line are waiting in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, or in areas close to the Gaza border. With this, they are trying to do their job under very difficult conditions. There is no electricity, and no water, and communication is problematic.

Press members in Gaza work in difficult conditions

In Gaza, which is under Israeli attacks, there is a complete atrocity. Hundreds of journalists traveling to the hot zone from different countries of the world to cover the events on the front line are waiting in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, or in areas close to the Gaza border. Because it is impossible to enter or leave Gaza. It is not possible to predict what will happen to you when you enter Gaza. Israeli bombs are indiscriminate. So far, 15 journalists have lost their lives.

It requires great dedication and courage to work as a journalist in a place where there is no electricity or water and where you do not know whether a bomb fired by Israel will fall on your head.

The world's well-established press organizations, including the Ihlas News Agency, receive news from correspondents based in Gaza. Due to limited internet access, healthy communication with the region cannot be established most of the time. Experienced reporters, who cannot reach every piece of information instantly due to impossibilities, say, "It has never been so difficult to do journalism."

Ahmed Abu Artema, a Palestinian journalist working in the Gaza Strip, is one of them. Artema told his experiences to The Middle East Eye news website.

"If you are reading this from outside Gaza, you know more about the news than I do. Because we in Gaza are cut off from the world," Artema said.

"Journalism has never been so difficult," he added.

‘IN DANGER AT ANY MOMENT’

Freelance journalist Rakan Abdurrahman is among those trying to practice his profession under difficult conditions in the region. Abdurrahman, who works in a café wearing body armor with the word "Press" written on it, told Al Jazeera about the difficulties he faces.

"Due to poor internet connection and power cuts, we cannot report the news immediately. There is no proper place for us to work. The Israeli army is also targeting journalists, even though we are wearing vests and helmets that identify us as members of the press. We are in constant danger," he said.

CNN's Gaza correspondent Ibrahim Dahman, along with his wife and two children, evacuated from their home in Gaza City and moved to the southern part of the territory following Israeli aerial bombardment. Dahman said that during the evacuation he tried to reassure his two sons by telling them "Don't be afraid", but in fact, he was afraid himself.

"I have been reporting from the Gaza Strip for years. I never thought that one day I would be in the news. Last week, when the Israeli army threatened to 'evacuate your homes', my wife and two sons and I jumped in the car and left our home in Gaza City. We went south to Khan Younis. Now they are hitting here too. I believe with all my heart that there is nowhere safe in the Gaza Strip," he said.

WHAT HAPPENED

Hamas' military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, announced that they launched a comprehensive attack against Israel called "Al-Aqsa Flood" on the morning of October 7.

While thousands of rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel, armed groups entered the settlements in the region.

The Israeli army also launched an attack on the Gaza Strip with dozens of warplanes.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced that approximately 3 thousand people were killed and more than 10 thousand people were injured in Gaza in the Israeli attacks.

In the occupied West Bank, it was reported that 1000 Israelis were killed in the attacks organized from Gaza and 5 thousand people were wounded, 106 of them seriously.

The Israeli army hit Damascus and Aleppo airports. As the Middle East is once again turning into a bloodbath, a deadline has been set for nearly 2 and a half million Palestinians to leave the blockaded Gaza.

Most recently, Israel attacked the al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza, killing civilians.

Source: Newsroom

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