Israel has announced that it will launch an investigation into the death of the Reuters cameraman, Fadel Shana. And this pleases the Human Rights Watch to no end. After all, HRW knows that the Israeli Army targeted the cameraman directly.
On Saturday, the New York-based group Human Rights Watch said its own investigation found evidence that the tank crew fired either recklessly or deliberately.
"Israeli soldiers did not make sure they were aiming at a military target before firing, and there is evidence suggesting they actually targeted the journalists," said Joe Stork, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. The group called on the Israeli military to investigate.
Cameraman Fadel Shana, 23, was killed in Gaza on Wednesday, the bloodiest day of fighting between Israeli troops and Gaza militants in a month. Just before his death, Shana was filming an Israeli tank in the distance, and his final footage shows the tank firing a shell in his direction.
Three others, including two teens, were also killed in the incident. Palestinian medics said that two teens wounded in Wednesday's shelling died of their wounds Sunday. In all, 23 Palestinians were killed that day.
Palestinian journalists have staged protests following Shana's death. On Sunday, several dozen journalists marched in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The marchers, including Palestinian Information Minister Riad Malki, were led by a group carrying a stretcher with a camera and a tripod. They carried a banner reading: "The occupiers are responsible for the blood of our colleague."