Reuters journalist killed in Gaza, Palestinian officials say

Other News Materials 17 April 2008 00:54 (UTC +04:00)

( AP ) - An Israeli military strike in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday killed a Palestinian cameraman who worked for the Reuters news agency, Palestinian officials said.

Fadal Shana, 23, was killed while filming Israeli tanks in central Gaza, Palestinian medical officials said.

Reuters Editor-in-Chief David Schlesinger called for an investigation.

"This tragic incident shows the risks journalists take every day to report the news. All governments and organizations have a responsibility to take the utmost care to protect professionals trying to do their jobs," he said in comments posted on the company's Web site.

"Our thoughts are with his family. We request an immediate investigation into the incident by the Israeli defense forces."

There was no immediate comment from the Israeli army.

In all, at least 20 Palestinians have been killed in fighting Wednesday. Three Israeli soldiers also were killed in an ambush in northern Gaza.