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Israeli forces injure 2 Palestinian journalists in demo by Ofer

April 26, 2016 2:44 P.M. (Updated: April 27, 2016 2:08 P.M.)
A protestor flees Israeli military forces at Tuesday's demonstration outside of Ofer. (Photo Credit: PLO Negotiation Affairs Department)

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces injured two Palestinian journalists during a demonstration held Tuesday outside of Ofer prison near Ramallah demanding that Israel release recently detained journalist Omar Nazzal, eyewitnesses told Ma'an.

A Reuters cameraman identified as Said Huwary was injured during the demonstration, in addition to a reporter from Roya TV Channel, Hafez Abu Sabra, who was injured by shrapnel from stun grenades launched by Israeli forces at demonstrators.

The peaceful march was organized by the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate to demand the release of Nazzal, a well-known journalist and Syndicate board member, who was detained on Saturday before crossing the Allenby bridge from the West Bank into Jordan to attend a European Federation of Journalist conference in Bosnia.

Nazzal is reportedly being held in Ofer prison due to his alleged affiliation to left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Israel considers the PFLP -- alongside the majority of Palestinian parties -- a terrorist organization, and frequently detains Palestinians on the basis of their political affiliation.

The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Information condemned Nazzal's arrest on Saturday and urged the international community to pressure Israel to release Nazzal and 19 other Palestinian journalists currently being held in Israeli prisons.

Journalist associations around the world also called for his release, including the 100 delegates attending the conference in Bosnia who represent unions from across Europe.

At least 43 Palestinian journalists have been detained by Israeli forces since October 2015, reporting cases of torture, medical negligence, and unreasonable and illegal rulings by Israeli authorities, according to a recent report released by the Committee to Support Palestinian Journalists.

Rights groups continue to condemn Israel's crackdown on Palestinian journalists amid a wave of political unrest that has erupted across the occupied territory since October.

(Photo Credit: PLO Negotiation Affairs Department)

(Photo Credit: PLO Negotiation Affairs Department)

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