Israeli airstrike on Reuters SUV? (Update: Video added)

The BBC says the cameraman, Fadel Shana, is with Reuters. The other journalist, who is seriously injured, is affiliated with a local website. Three bystanders were also hurt. Witnesses say the car was clearly marked “TV” on all sides. It was also armored, which might explain why there were survivors.

Were the two journalists inside the vehicle or outside? The Beeb says in. The AP says otherwise:

According to witnesses, a Reuters cameraman and a freelance cameraman working for an Arabic network were standing outside the vehicle in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza filming a nearby Israeli raid when the missiles hit the car.

Video has already been released; once Fox rebroadcasts it, I’ll have it here. Here’s hoping the victims come through okay.

Update: Sounds like the cameraman’s going to make it. It’s the other guy who’s in trouble.

Update: The cameraman appears to have been knocked unconscious but otherwise suffered no “major bodily wounds.”

Update: JPost splits the difference — they were inside the car but getting out when the two missiles hit:

The Reuters cameraman, Fadel Shama’a, 23, and Sabah Hamida, 25, who worked for a local television company, had the doors open and were about to get out of the armored vehicle in the nearby Shajaiyeh neighborhood to film the raid when it was struck by the missiles, according to Shamas Odeh, chief of Reuters TV in Gaza.

Update: Here’s the video from Fox. I’ll keep an eye out for more. Update: Added some new footage.

Update: LGF cites a Reuters report id’ing the second journalist as belonging to the Palestinian Media Group. They’re supposedly an Internet outfit — but their page appears to be offline right now.

Update: The IAF responds:

“During the operation, there was an aerial attack on a suspicious vehicle that drove in a suspicious manner right by the forces and in between the Palestinian militant posts,” army spokeswoman Captain Noa Meir said.

“This car was not identified by the army as a press vehicle. This has been a combat area. It is not recommended for anyone to be around. We do not target the press. If journalists were hurt, we regret it.”

Update: SeeDubya says that sort of damage couldn’t have been caused by a rocket — but it might have been caused by a 20mm shell.

Update: There’s a little confusion about who the second journalist works for. Dan Riehl sends along a report from the Bangkok Post that claims he’s with Dubai Television.

Jazz Shaw Jun 22, 2021 6:01 PM ET