Sunday, June 10, 2007

Palestinian journalists slam use of 'TV' vehicle in Gaza attack

From Haaretz : By Reuters

The Palestinian journalists' union criticized militants Sunday for using a vehicle marked with a 'TV' sign to approach Gaza's frontier border with Israel and attempt to kidnap an Israel Defense Forces soldier from a position across the border. ...

News photographs showed the white armored vehicle, with "TV" in red letters on the front, at Kissufim Crossing after the attack, bullet holes in its windshield.

The Israel-based Foreign Press Association said in a statement the use of a vehicle marked with TV insignia represented "abuse of this recognized protection for the working journalist" and was "a grave development."

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, in broadcast remarks at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, said Sunday that the attackers used "a vehicle marked 'TV' in order to fool Israeli soldiers."

He said the gunmen had tried "to take advantage of the
special sensitivity that we have in a democratic country such as ours, to the right of the media to operate freely and independently in security-sensitive areas."

To say nothing of ambulances.

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