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The editor-in-chief of Reuters demanded that Israel launches a “thorough and immediate investigation” into the killing of one of its cameramen in the Gaza Strip yesterday.
Footage of Fadel Shana, 23, being killed by a tank shell in the Gaza Strip has been released by the news agency, which said that the cameraman was hit despite clear markings that showed him to be a journalist.
After medical examinations of Shana’s body, Reuters said that Israel had used a controversial type of tank shell which scatters metal darts, or flechettes, around the surrounding area after exploding, risking civilian casualties. Israel refused to comment on the report, but stated that the weapons were not illegal.
Footage released by Reuters shows Mr Shana filming a tank positioned a few hundred yards away in the distance, over the Israeli border.
The film shows a tank firing its shell, which explodes causing the picture to go blank as the camera is thrown from Mr Shana’s hand.