Gaza journalist who wrote for Al Jazeera was holding three hostages in home with family, Israel says

According to the Israeli army, a Gaza journalist writing for Al Jazeera held three hostages in his home with his family before he was killed by Israeli commandos during a rescue operation on Saturday.

Abdallah Aljamal, who also worked as a spokesman for the Hamas-run labor ministry, was killed when special forces soldiers raided his home in central Gaza and rescued hostages Almog Meir Jan, 21, Andri Kozlov, 27 years old, and Shlomi Ziv, 41 years old, Mr. The Israeli military reported this.

Aljamal’s death was originally reported by Rami Abdu, the head of the Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor, who said that Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers raided the journalist’s home and killed him and several members of his family.

The IDF acknowledged that Aljamal was holding the hostages inside his family home, but made no mention of what happened to his relatives.

“This is further evidence that the terrorist organization Hamas uses the civilian population as a human shield,” the IDF said in a statement.

Aljamal had previously written a column for Al Jazeera in 2019. The Qatar-based outlet said Aljamal was never an employee.

Before his death, Aljamal was contributing to the project Chronicle of Palestine newsletter, where he wrote a series of articles on the deaths of Palestinians in Gaza during the Israeli offensive.

Many of his recent stories focused on the IDF’s ongoing operation in Nuseirat, where his home was located, and where Israeli intelligence discovered he was holding three of four hostages rescued Saturday near a refugee camp.

THE Chronicle of Palestine is a nonprofit organization based in Washington State that works to provide daily news to Gaza.

The news outlet says its team “is made up of professional journalists and respected writers and authors who do not speak on behalf of any political party or advocate any specific political agenda.”

The organization confirmed Sunday that Aljamal was a collaborator reporting on the ground in Gaza, but made no mention of him having three hostages.

The outlet did not immediately respond The mailrequest for comment.

Along with the three men, Israeli forces also rescued Noa Argamani, the 26-year-old Israeli woman who became the terrified face of the October 7 terrorist attack on the Jewish state.

Israel touted the rescue as a success and estimated there were “fewer than 100” casualties as a result of the raid.

However, the Hamas-led Health Ministry said 274 people had been killed, including civilians.

Both Israeli and American officials have attributed the casualties to Hamas’s tactic of keeping hostages and munitions in civilian spaces.

“The Palestinian people are going through absolute hell in this conflict because Hamas is operating in a way that puts them in the crossfire of holding hostages right in the heart of crowded civilian areas, of putting military positions right in the heart of crowded civilian areas, “US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told CNN on Sunday.

More than 36,000 people have been killed since the war in Gaza began, according to the Hamas-run Ministry of Health, which distinguishes between terrorists and civilians.

This article originally appeared in the NY Post and was reproduced with permission

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