Al Jazeera reporter Hiba Aqila paid tribute to the same network’s cameraman Samar Abu Daqa, who died of injuries after an airstrike in southern Gaza City on Friday.
Dhaka was trapped in the Haifa school, where he was working, when it caught fire, the network said earlier Friday.
“Samar was not only an optimistic, happy person who loved life, but he was also a journalist who stuck to his journalistic work and encouraged us whenever we felt pain and despair,” said Akila in a broken voice. Rafa on Friday night.
Aquila said he has been working closely with Dhaka in Gaza since the war began in October.
“Samar was working non-stop,” she said. “He is a beautiful spirit who always joins us and gives us laughter.”
According to Al Jazeera, Dacca’s wife and four children are in Belgium. Aquila said Taka is hopeful that one day the family will be reunited in Gaza.
“When we were supporting and comforting Samir that he would meet his family soon, he said, “I won’t go to them, they will come here and we will be together in Gaza,”” Akila said.
Meanwhile, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said the drone strike killed Daqa and injured his colleague Wael Al-Dahdouh and called for “international authorities to independently investigate and take responsibility for this attack”.
Speaking to Al Jazeera, CPJ President Jodi Ginsberg reiterated her call for the protection of journalists and stressed the importance of their work in Gaza, which she called an “unprecedented” challenge.
“We are the only Gaza journalists left to do this important documentary work,” Ginsberg said
Context: As of Friday, 64 journalists According to CPJ, 13 people were killed and wounded while covering Israel’s war with Hamas, the deadliest period for the profession in 31 years.