Two journalists killed by Israeli strike in Lebanon, broadcaster says

Two journalists have been killed by an Israeli airstrike in southern Lebanon, the broadcaster they worked for has said.

Correspondent Farah Omar and cameraman Rabih Maamari worked for the TV station Al Mayadeen, which is based in Beirut and politically allied with the Iranian-backed militant group Hezbollah.

The strike also killed a man from the border village of Tair Harfa, according to Al Mayadeen’s director Ghassan bin Jiddo.

In a live broadcast, he said his two employees would now “join the martyrs of Gaza”.

There has been exchanges of fire over the Israeli border with Lebanon since Hamas launched its attack on 7 October.

Reuters journalist Issam Abdallah was killed in airstrikes in Alma Shaab, Lebanon, on 13 October, according to Reporters Without Borders.

Its investigation concluded that the “targeted strike” came from the Israeli direction.

In a statement, the Israeli Defence Forces (ID) said: “IDF soldiers operated against a threat posed from a launching area of ​​the Hezbollah terrorist organization, in the area of Al-Jabin.

“We are aware of a claim regarding journalists in the area who were killed as a result of IDF fire.

“This is an area with active hostilities, where exchanges of fire occur. Presence in the area is dangerous.”

The incident is under their review, the spokesperson added.