Fadel Shana'a

Journalist, Deceased Person

– 2008


Who was Fadel Shana'a?

Fadel Shana'a was a Palestinian journalist working as a cameraman for Reuters. He was killed, along with eight other noncombatants, by a flechette shell fired by an Israeli tank in the Gaza Strip.

Shana'a's video footage shows the tank firing, and a glimpse of the incoming shell, before going black at the moment of impact. Reuters chief David Schlesinger called for an investigation, as did Human Rights Watch, whose Middle East director stated, "Israeli soldiers did not make sure they were aiming at a military target before firing, and there is evidence suggesting they actually targeted the journalists. The Al Mezan Center for Human Rights denounced the killing as a deliberate war crime. Israel released a statement saying "The IDF wishes to emphasize that unlike terrorist organizations, not only does it not deliberately target uninvolved civilians, it also uses means to avoid such incidents...Reports claiming the opposite are false and misleading." On 13 August it was reported that the IDF had closed an investigation into the death of Fadel Shana'a, Reuters cameraman, without taking disciplinary action against the tank crew that killed him.

The army found that troops acted properly when they opened fire on Fadel Shana'a, suspecting he was a terrorist preparing to fire a missile after he set up a tripod in a Gaza battle zone. Shana'a was killed instantly by a tank shell that sprayed a hail of metal darts at its target, a press marked vehicle. Four bystanders also died in the attack.

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Apr 16, 2008
Gaza Strip

on July 23, 2013


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