The journalist from Al Jazeera was arrested by Israeli forces in Gaza

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Al Jazeera Arabic correspondent Ismail al-Ghoul has been released after being arrested for 12 hours and severely beaten by Israeli forces in Gaza City’s al-Shifa Hospital.
Witnesses said the Al Jazeera reporter was dragged away by Israeli forces, who also destroyed the broadcasting vehicles of news crews at the medical facility.
Al-Ghoul told Al Jazeera after his release that Israeli forces destroyed media equipment and arrested journalists gathered in a room used by media teams.
Al Jazeera’s Hani Mahmoud, reporting from Rafah, said al-Ghoul was “tortured, beaten and detained by the Israeli military along with his crew member on the ground”.
Gaza’s Ministry of Health said Israeli forces launched missiles and opened fire on one of the hospital’s buildings, killing and injuring Palestinians, and a section of the hospital’s courtyard was bulldozed.
According to Mahmoud, Israeli forces had also arrested more than 80 other Palestinians, including “women medical staff and [other] journalists”.
Hospitals are one of the very few areas that have generators, which are essential to provide internet service, Shouman told Al Jazeera.
Series of ‘systematic attacks’Earlier on Monday, Al Jazeera Media Network demanded the immediate release of al-Ghoul and other journalists detained alongside him, it said in a statement.
It said the “targeting” of al-Ghoul is part of a series of “systematic attacks on Al Jazeera”, including the killings of veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, Samer Abu Daqqa and Hamza Dahdouh, as well as the bombing of its office in Gaza.
They are the eyes and the ears that we need to document what’s happening, and with every journalist killed, with every journalist arrested, our ability to understand what’s happening in Gaza diminishes significantly,” Jodie Ginsberg, chief executive officer of the CPJ, told Al Jazeera.

After being detained for twelve hours and brutally assaulted by Israeli forces at the al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, Al Jazeera Arabic correspondent Ismail al-Ghoul has been set free.

Thousands of civilians, including medical personnel, patients, and displaced families, are trapped in the hospital following the Israeli army’s fourth raid. Al-Ghoul and his colleagues arrived early on Monday to cover the action.

According to witnesses, Israeli forces destroyed the news crews’ broadcasting vehicles at the medical facility and dragged the Al Jazeera reporter away. After being held by the Israelis for 12 hours, he was released.

Following his release, Al-Ghoul told Al Jazeera that Israeli forces had disrupted media operations and detained journalists who had convened in a media team room. He reported that the journalists had their hands tied, their blindfolds on, and they had been stripped of their clothes and made to lie on their stomachs.

Al-Ghoul claimed that if there was any movement, Israeli soldiers would open fire to frighten them. Although he did not know enough about their whereabouts, he added that he had heard that some of his colleagues had also been freed.

Journalists covering Israel’s more than five-month war on the Palestinian enclave have used Al-Shifa Hospital, the largest in the Gaza Strip, as a base of operations.

While reporting from Rafah, Hani Mahmoud of Al Jazeera claimed that al-Ghoul was “tortured, beaten and detained by the Israeli military along with his crew member on the ground.”.

As reported by Mahmoud, who cited witnesses, a large number of Palestinians suffered physical and verbal abuse; some even had their hands tied behind their backs and their blindfolds on. According to him, they were subsequently placed inside an Israeli military truck and driven to an unidentified place.

The hospital’s courtyard was partially bulldozed, and Palestinians were killed and injured when Israeli forces fired missiles and opened fire on one of the hospital’s buildings, according to Gaza’s Ministry of Health.

More than eighty Palestinians, including “women medical staff and [other] journalists,” had also been detained by Israeli forces, according to Mahmoud.

Mahmoud stated, “The Israeli army made a list of allegations that they are looking for wanted people inside the complex, but they haven’t provided any substantial evidence… to justify what is happening inside al-Shifa.”.

Israel has maintained on several occasions that Hamas, the armed Palestinian organization in charge of the under siege Gaza Strip, has “regrouped” inside al-Shifa and is “using it to command attacks against Israel.”.

Hospitals in the enclave are like “small towns,” where journalists are attempting to “deliver news to the world,” according to Mansour Shouman, a citizen journalist who has reported from al-Shifa and Nasser Hospital in southern Gaza.

According to Shouman, Al Jazeera, hospitals are among the very few places with generators, which are necessary to provide internet service.

many “systematic attacks.”.

Al Jazeera Media Network issued a statement earlier on Monday demanding the immediate release of al-Ghoul and the other journalists detained with him.

The network, which is based in Qatar, declared that the Israeli army was “fully responsible for their safety.”.

According to the statement, “The Network emphasizes that this targeting serves as an intimidation tactic against journalists to deter them from reporting the horrific crimes committed by the occupation forces against innocent civilians in Gaza.”.

The statement claimed that the “targeting” of al-Ghoul is a part of a string of “systematic attacks on Al Jazeera,” which also included the bombing of the organization’s Gaza office and the deaths of seasoned reporters Shireen Abu Akleh, Samer Abu Daqqa, and Hamza Dahdouh.

Al-Ghoul’s arrest was also denounced by the International Press Institute (IPI) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

“During a war, journalists are crucial. The CPJ’s chief executive officer, Jodie Ginsberg, told Al Jazeera, “They are the eyes and the ears that we need to document what’s happening, and our ability to understand what’s happening in Gaza diminishes significantly with every journalist killed or arrested.”.

The situation for journalists is simply getting worse, and this is the worst conflict the Committee to Protect Journalists has ever documented. “.

In response to al-Ghoul’s arrest, the IPI expressed its “deep alarm” and demanded his “immediate release,” according to deputy director Scott Griffen.

He claimed that because Israel has killed “scores” of journalists in Gaza during the conflict with “almost no accountability,” Al-detention Ghoul’s “lays bare the risks that all journalists” face in the region.

“Journalists who are attempting to tell the story on the ground face dangers; additionally, this is keeping the truth from being accessible to audiences globally,” Griffen stated.

As of Monday, the CPJ reported that since the war began on October 7, at least 95 journalists and media professionals had died, the vast majority of them were Palestinians.

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