Hussein, a broadcaster for the local Voice of Al-Aqsa radio station, was among four Palestinians killed in the early hours of Wednesday as Israel continued its relentless bombardment of the besieged enclave.
The journalist’s father, Muhammed Abu Hussein, said the family home in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood was the target of a missile, followed by two more strikes.
“We were able to get out of the house. But my boy, Yusef… was killed, ”he said.
Earlier Wednesday morning, Israeli airstrikes targeted a residential building that killed several Palestinians, including radio journalist Yusef Abu Hussein, local media reported.
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– Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) May 19, 2021
News of Hussein’s murder has sparked a wave of grief and calls on the Israeli government to account.
The Voice of Al-Aqsa radio station said in a statement that it mourned the loss of her “son and employee” and called for a vigil at 5 p.m. at al-Shifa hospital.
“We are also documenting, before the world, this heinous crime committed by the Israeli enemy, including targeting civilians in their homes and attacking the press and media personnel,” he said.
“Affirm that the voice of Al-Aqsa radio will continue to be a voice of truth exposing the crimes of the Israeli occupation. We will remain a platform for Palestinian resistance and Palestinian law until our people obtain their right to freedom and to live in dignity.
– International Federation of Journalists (@IFJ_AR) May 19, 2021
Salama Maarouf, head of the government information ministry in Gaza, offered his “warm condolences” to Hussein’s family, relatives and colleagues.
“The crimes of occupation against journalists and civilians remain a stain for the international community in general and international organizations and institutions concerned with freedom of opinion and expression in particular. When are you going to act? And when can he seek to curb the aggression of the Israeli occupier, put an end to his crimes and hold him accountable? “
The Palestinian Journalists Union also offered its deepest condolences to Hussein’s family and declared that it held “the Israeli occupation responsible for this crime”.
URGENT #GAZA. The IFJ affiliate in Palestine (PJS) has just informed me that a Palestinian journalist, Yusef Abu Hussein, was killed when the Israeli army shelled his home in Sheikh Radwan, district of #Gaza.
The Israeli government must be held accountable.
cc @IFJGlobal @InfoPJS pic.twitter.com/rcc7PhgLVu
– Anthony Bellanger (@ abellanger49) May 19, 2021
The International Federation of Journalists reported on the murder of Hussein in the air raid, with Secretary General Anthony Bellanger writing on Twitter: “The Israeli government must be held accountable.”
The airstrike came days after Israel ground-bombed a building in Gaza that housed residential apartments and the offices of international news organizations, including Al Jazeera and the Associated Press news agency.
Press freedom advocates strongly condemned the destruction of the al-Jalaa Tower on May 15 as a brazen attempt to “silence” journalists covering the ongoing Israeli military offensive. Israel justified the attack by saying that the building contained military resources from Hamas, the group ruling the Gaza Strip. He provided no evidence to support his claim, which was vehemently rejected.
On May 11 and 12, Israeli warplanes also bombed and destroyed al-Jawhara and al-Shorouk office buildings in Gaza City, which housed more than a dozen international and local media outlets.
“It is completely unacceptable that Israel bombs and destroys media offices and endangers the lives of journalists, especially since the Israeli authorities know where these media are located,” said Ignacio Miguel Delgado, representative of the Committee. for the Middle East and North Africa. to protect journalists. “The Israeli authorities must ensure that journalists can do their work safely without fear of being injured or killed.”
At least 219 Palestinians, including 63 children, have been killed in the Gaza Strip since the start of Israeli airstrikes on Palestinian coastal territory on May 10. More than 1,500 others were injured.
Twelve people in Israel, including two children, were killed by rockets fired from Gaza, after days of protests against the forced eviction of Palestinians from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem and the resulting crackdowns and raids in the grounds of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. .