The Palestinian protest march continues to grow bloodier as the days wear on. Today a Palestinian journalist wearing a press jacket was killed by Israeli fire in Gaza. Yaser Murtaga, a photographer, was killed when he was shot in the chest. Four more journalists were also injured in the ray. The Israeli army has stated they did not intend to shoot the journalists and that the circumstances are under investigation. This after they had assured their sharpshooter snipers were only targetting legitimate threats.
Murtaja died late Friday night of his wounds. One of the four other journalists who received fire is still in critical condition. The 30-year-old Murtaja was shot in the abdomen while covering the demonstrations east of Gaza. The Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate reports that he was standing 350 meters from the border fence.
The Israeli army released an official statement, "The IDF does not intend to shoot at journalists, and the circumstances in which journalists were allegedly injured by IDF gunfire are unknown and are being investigated."
According to a Facebook post from about a month ago, Murtaja had never left Gaza. A TV photographer, Khalil Abu Athra, with Al-Aqsa was also injured while filming the protests. All the journalists were clearly marked as such and the Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate is accusing IDF of intentionally harming the journalists to hinder them from covering the event from their side.
Friday alone, nine Palestinians were killed and around 300 injured among the 20,000 who took part in the protest march. Since last week, there are now a total of 29 demonstrators killed, 1,296 wounded and 79 still in serious condition.