Reuters Journalist’s Funeral Attracts Thousands

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Thousands of Palestinians, including journalists and members of rival political movements, marched through the streets of Gaza City yesterday at the funeral procession of a TV camera operator killed while covering the fighting.

Fadel Shana, a 23-year-old camera operator with Reuters news agency, was struck, along with two bystanders as he filmed Israeli tank movements off in the distance Wednesday during what was one of the bloodiest days in Gaza in weeks.

Shana’s body was wrapped in a bloodied Palestinian flag as fellow journalists marched alongside carrying his broken camera and bloodstained flak jacket.

The violence continued yesterday, with the Israeli military reporting an attack by Palestinian guerrillas on the Kerem Shalom border crossing.

One militant was reported to have been killed and a second wounded in the clash at the crossing, which is used to deliver humanitarian supplies to Gaza.

Israel, which controls Gaza’s borders, has greatly restricted the flow of goods into the area since Hamas seized control there last June. It has further tightened the blockade in recent weeks in response to the intensified attacks from Gaza.

Militants consider the crossings humiliating symbols of Israel’s economic blockade of Gaza and Hamas has threatened to violently break through what it considers an Israeli “siege.”

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