AP journalist among dead in Gaza explosion as ceasefire set to expire

posted at 8:41 am on August 13, 2014 by Noah Rothman

An unexploded munition detonated in Gaza on Wednesday during an attempt to neutralize that device. Six were killed in that explosion, including one of Gaza’s top explosives decommissioning expert and an Associated Press photographer.

Simone Camilli, 35, died Wednesday when Gaza police engineers were neutralizing unexploded ordnance in the Gaza town of Beit Lahiya left over from fighting between Israel and Islamic militants.

Camilli and a translator working with the AP, Ali Shehda Abu Afash, were accompanying the ordnance team on assignment when the explosion occurred. The police said four other people were seriously injured, including AP photographer Hatem Moussa.

Camilli, an Italian national, had worked for The Associated Press since 2005.

Camilli is the first foreign journalist killed over the course of the more than one-month-old conflict in Gaza.

The situation in Gaza is increasingly tense as the current ceasefire agreement, which has held since Sunday, is set to expire at midnight. Both Israeli and Gazan negotiators are mulling an Egyptian ceasefire proposal which appears to have fallen short of both Israeli and Hamas’s demands.

“Palestinian officials told The Associated Press early Wednesday morning that Egypt’s proposal calls for easing parts of the Israeli blockade of Gaza, bringing some relief to the territory,” an AP report read. “But it leaves the key areas of disagreement, including the Islamic militant group Hamas’ demand for a full lifting of the blockade and Israeli calls for Hamas to disarm, to later negotiations”

If the sides accept the proposal it would have a significant impact on Palestinians in Gaza as it would improve the movement of individuals and merchandise to the West Bank, the officials said. Gaza exports and other businesses have been hit hard by restrictions imposed on the territory by Israel and Egypt after Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007.

One of the Palestinian officials who spoke to AP said that according to the Egyptian proposal the blockade would be gradually eased.

It was not immediately clear if either side would accept the deal.

“We would like to see more cross-border freedom, and also to have the question of a Gaza seaport and airport discussed,” a Palestinian negotiator told reporters.

Both sides have offered the other some concessions in peace negotiations. Israel has agreed to extend the blockade in order to allow Palestinian fishermen to travel up to 12 miles away from the Gaza shoreline. Hamas agreed to allow the Palestinian Authority to control the Rafah border crossing into Egypt for the first time since the group came to power in 2007.

With the particulars of a long-term ceasefire proposal apparently requiring a longer negotiating period to settle, Egypt is pushing both parties to agree to the temporary ceasefire.


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AP journalist among dead in Gaza explosion as ceasefire set to expire

Don’t worry; they’ll make more … journalism degrees are the easiest money universities make.

M240H on August 13, 2014 at 8:45 AM

This is good news. It looks like everyone is willing to compromise a little to move closer to peace. Er… except Hamas.

Walter L. Newton on August 13, 2014 at 8:54 AM

“We would like to see more cross-border freedom…,” a Palestinian negotiator told reporters.

Translation: We need to reload and rearm.

apostic on August 13, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Can supplies go in and out of a port in Israel so that they can be inspected and then given to the Palestinians? There is no way in he!! that I would let them get shipments without oversight. If the UN gives them missiles then I don’t think I would trust anyone.

Cindy Munford on August 13, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Maybe she should have waited until AFTER they finished to interview the disposal people.

1sttofight on August 13, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Whose ordinance was it? IDF or Hamas? The article doesn’t say although I doubt the press would miss a chance to point out that it was IDF if that were the case.

vamoose on August 13, 2014 at 8:59 AM

I doubt the press would miss a chance to point out that it was IDF if that were the case.

vamoose on August 13, 2014 at 8:59 AM

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BINGO !!!

ExpressoBold on August 13, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Whose ordinance was it? IDF or Hamas? The article doesn’t say although I doubt the press would miss a chance to point out that it was IDF if that were the case.

vamoose on August 13, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Beat me to it! That was my thought as well. If it was Israeli, I’m pretty sure that would have been the lede.

Dan859 on August 13, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Wait. Why was the photographer so close to an unexploded device which was being deactivated? The phrase “long range camera lens” comes to mind.

Fallon on August 13, 2014 at 9:15 AM

An unexploded munition detonated in Gaza on Wednesday during an attempt to neutralize that device. Six were killed in that explosion, including one of Gaza’s top explosives decommissioning expert and an Associated Press photographer.

Meaning the “AP journolists” were probably aiding in the building or transporting of explosives for Hamas.
Hey, AP lost credibility long, long ago. Why should I believe now they suddenly went legit? You are what you are AP.
The Hamas are the butchers in charge. You just ran smack dab into their version of your common core and net neutrality.
From a “different in absolutely no way at all” observation, how many Israelis have their young children walking around parading human heads? Kerry thought the kid should be in school. Fool. He’s already graduated. A master of common core and net neutrality by age what 10? He’s one of yours Kerry.

onomo on August 13, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Will Britain count this as an act of hostility, and cut Israel off ?

listens2glenn on August 13, 2014 at 9:20 AM

I don’t want to sound crass, but with Gaza unemployment running around 40%, and HAMAS controlling just about everything there, I know one thing. The AP reporter’s replacement was already selected before the HAMAS weapon’s explosion smoke had the time to clear.
Very good point, VAMOOSE that I also had missed. Add that rule to when the party ID isn’t mentioned at the beginning of any political corruption story, its always the DEMS.

Gebirgsjager on August 13, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Maybe she should have waited until AFTER they finished to interview the disposal people.

1sttofight on August 13, 2014 at 8:59 AM

She is actually a he.

http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/08/simone-camilli-ap-video-journalist-killed-in-gaza-explosion-106042.html

Danno on August 13, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Has Obama’s AssPress blamed Israel yet ?

viking01 on August 13, 2014 at 9:29 AM

I’m the friendly stranger in a black sedan;
won’t you step inside my car:

He said the incident involved several males in a black sedan, and a female was shot once in the head. He said she was taken to a hospital with injuries that did not appear life-threatening.

Schellman said the shooting occurred in the same vicinity as the protests over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2014/08/13/police-officer-shoots-critically-wounds-suspect-near-ferguson/

davidk on August 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Hamas are such klutzes and have no respect for life, why on earth would you go near one of their ordinance dumps?

Blake on August 13, 2014 at 9:33 AM

I saw this earlier on a news side and it was Hamas trying to detonate the unexploded rocket that had been there 2 days “Hamas Detonates IDF Dud, Kills Italian AP Reporter” from Israel National news.

MichiganBea on August 13, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Hamas are such klutzes and have no respect for life, why on earth would you go near one of their ordinance dumps?

Blake on August 13, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Yep. A whole lot of stupid going aroung.

“Let’s stand here and watch Mockmood defuse this bomb.”

davidk on August 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Is this yet another of those mideast cases where everyone crowds around to stare and jabber while a few guys with pliers and a rope try to defuse the munition?

Bishop on August 13, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Wait. Why was the photographer so close to an unexploded device which was being deactivated? The phrase “long range camera lens” comes to mind.

Fallon on August 13, 2014 at 9:15 AM

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Insufficient details provided in this story, thus far.

Maybe those “Police Engineers” assured them, “No sweat … we do this all the time.”

What qualifications does it take to be a “Police Engineer” in Gaza?
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Whose ordinance was it? IDF or Hamas? The article doesn’t say although I doubt the press would miss a chance to point out that it was IDF if that were the case.

vamoose on August 13, 2014 at 8:59 AM

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BINGO !!!

ExpressoBold on August 13, 2014 at 9:07 AM

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Dittos . . . . . if it’s IDF, they’ll tell us … if they remain silent about it, it means “they’re not sure and will get back to us when they figure it out.”

listens2glenn on August 13, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Is this yet another of those mideast cases where everyone crowds around to stare and jabber while a few guys with pliers and a rope try to defuse the munition?

Bishop on August 13, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Where a high-tech coin is flipped to decide whether to cut the red wire or the blue wire?

viking01 on August 13, 2014 at 9:46 AM

AP reporters are typically Pali sympathizers, so this wasn’t a big loss.

Ward Cleaver on August 13, 2014 at 9:46 AM

My first thought was same as earlier posts, the explosive was in all likelihood known to be from Hamas since article didn’t even speculate (with words) that it was IDF.

G. Charles on August 13, 2014 at 9:47 AM

What qualifications does it take to be a “Police Engineer” in Gaza?

listens2glenn on August 13, 2014 at 9:46 AM

The same to be Attorney General or IRS Commissioner here?

viking01 on August 13, 2014 at 9:48 AM

I’m with the crowd here, this was a hoiky situation and only a fool would cozy-up to a guy trying to defuse a bomb. If it were an IDF aerial bomb then it would be obvious, and there would already be 4,000 pics of the thing from every angle accompanied by various props such as a baby stroller, a scorched teddy bear, maybe some kid’s shoes.

Bishop on August 13, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Maybe those “Police Engineers” assured them, “No sweat … we do this all the time.”

What qualifications does it take to be a “Police Engineer” in Gaza?
.

listens2glenn on August 13, 2014 at 9:46 AM

“Here. Hold my beer and watch this.”

davidk on August 13, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Does the news report say how many goats died?

davidk on August 13, 2014 at 9:57 AM

I’m with the crowd here, this was a hoiky situation and only a fool would cozy-up to a guy trying to defuse a bomb. If it were an IDF aerial bomb then it would be obvious, and there would already be 4,000 pics of the thing from every angle accompanied by various props such as a baby stroller, a scorched teddy bear, maybe some kid’s shoes.

Bishop on August 13, 2014 at 9:49 AM

And pictures of dead baies from Syria:

Joe Cienkowski @JoeCienkowski
Follow

Caught: Hamas radical Islamist LIARS uses photo of dead child from Aleppo, Syria from Oct. & pretends it’s from Gaza today. No shame.

http://twitchy.com/2012/11/15/hamas-uses-photo-of-dead-child-from-syria-to-wage-twitter-propaganda-war-against-israel/

davidk on August 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

What is a journalist doing looking over the shoulder of a man disarming a bomb?

Is this like the Darwin Award contest?

right2bright on August 13, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Sorry but I have no sympathy for any of these supposed journalist who are working with and promoting these terrorist.

JeffinSac on August 13, 2014 at 10:38 AM

An AP photographer decides to watch ordinance work at close range, done by the group of people who fired 10% of their rockets (300 of 3000) into their own territory.

Darwinism in action.

talkingpoints on August 13, 2014 at 10:48 AM

I can just imagine the reporter trying to stick a camera up close and bumping the tech’s elbow.

Somebody’s last words here were “ooopsie”.

Tom Servo on August 13, 2014 at 10:49 AM

There is no hope for the Islamo-Fascists. They are completely incompatible with modern civilization. They want to live in the 7th century, let them. Keep us out of their shithole.

electricfunksandwich on August 13, 2014 at 11:01 AM

“AP” and “journalism” should not be used in the same sentence.

earlgrey on August 13, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Note to self:

Never use electronic flash standing next to a bomb disposal team.

viking01 on August 13, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Another AP Liberal bites the dust. No big loss here.

Now let’s get back to something important like……..THE SUICIDE OF ROBIN WILLIAMS!!!!

Realdemocrat1 on August 13, 2014 at 11:07 AM

The vermin are not “militants”

They are TERRORISTS

Realdemocrat1 on August 13, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Democrat Party = American ISIS

Realdemocrat1 on August 13, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Meanwhile here in SOCAL, another 40 Illegal Aliens didn’t show up for their immigration hearings.

Now where do you think they went?

Realdemocrat1 on August 13, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Another AP Liberal bites the dust. No big loss here.

Now let’s get back to something important like……..THE SUICIDE OF ROBIN WILLIAMS!!!!

Realdemocrat1 on August 13, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Williams is old news: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2014/08/12/lauren-bacall-dies

davidk on August 13, 2014 at 11:19 AM

What was she doing with Hamas in a bombmaking facility?

I would say she was sympathetic, no?

PattyJ on August 13, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Miracle

Schadenfreude on August 13, 2014 at 12:05 PM

From what I’ve heard (cough, cough) it was an Israeli Missile that the Pali Bomb squad was attempting to disarm.

Why the AP reported and his translator where standing anywhere inside the kill radius of the munition is anyone’s guess but the end result is exactly why you do NOT do such stupid things.

Sorry but I have zero sympathies for any of those that were killed or wounded except the actual bomb tech’s that was just doing their jobs however it may have ended.

Bomb Disposal Technicians are only trying to prevent death and to a lesser degree destruction of property.

As a retired Bomb Disposal Tech I will allow myself this exemption. Even for a Pali. You see, Bomb Tech’s are all part of a really small cadre of folks who willingly put themselves in harm’s way to save lives.

D-fusit on August 13, 2014 at 1:42 PM

As a retired Bomb Disposal Tech I will allow myself this exemption. Even for a Pali. You see, Bomb Tech’s are all part of a really small cadre of folks who willingly put themselves in harm’s way to save lives.

D-fusit on August 13, 2014 at 1:42 PM

You have a generous soul. However, in that part of the world, it is far more likely that they were trying to salvage the explosive for later use than actually trying to detonate in place.

dreadnought62 on August 13, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Whose ordnance was it? IDF or Hamas? The article doesn’t say although I doubt the press would miss a chance to point out that it was IDF if that were the case.

vamoose on August 13, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Exactly, if it was Israeli ordnance, there would be pictures of the evil Jew-bomb. Because there isn’t I assume it was another ‘palestinian’ rocket that went astray, as around 20% of them do.

By the way, most of the ‘bombs’ that Israel drops on Gaza are inert concrete-filled bombs used to limit collateral damage.

slickwillie2001 on August 13, 2014 at 2:28 PM

AP journalist are just volunteer Palestinian Hamas members.

portlandon on August 13, 2014 at 5:05 PM