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Gaza Journalist Who Wrote for Al Jazeera Was Holding 3 Hostages in Home with Family, Israel Says

A Gaza journalist who had previously written an article for Al Jazeera was holding three hostages in his home with his family before he was killed by Israeli commandos during the rescue operation on Saturday, June 8, according to the Israeli military.

Abdallah Aljamal, who also worked as a spokesman for the Hamas-run labor ministry, was killed when special forces soldiers stormed his home in central Gaza and rescued hostages Almog Meir Jan, Andri Kozlov, and Shlomi Ziv, the IDF said.

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

The IDF acknowledged that Aljamal was keeping the hostages inside his family home, but made no mention of what happened to his relatives. “This is further proof that the Hamas terrorist organization 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 a Palestinian news outlet, where he wrote a plethora of stories covering the deaths of Palestinians in Gaza during Israel’s offensive. (NYP / VFI News)

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