Dozens of Journalists Attacked in Ukraine and Israel

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By Asha Jhina | December 3, 2013 8:07 PM EST

Journalists in several conflict zones across the world have found themselves under attack over the weekend.

Photographers covering a clash between protesters and government forces in Ukraine were attacked and around 40 local and international journalists were injured.

Euronews has revealed footage of one of their camera-persons being repeatedly kicked to the ground by the police. He was attacked while filming the protest. 

Photographers were reportedly attacked during a clash between soldiers and a group of Palestinians, where they were pelting stones at each other, Israel's Foreign Press Association reported.

The FPA has accused the Israeli Defense Forces of deliberately targeting journalists. In a statement released by them, they said that Israeli troops "fired rubber bullets and threw stun grenades directly at a group of working journalists."

An AFP photographer told the agency that his colleague and he were standing a good distance away from the confrontation, contradicting the Israeli Defense Forces' statement that they got injured as they were standing in the line of fire, reported The Huffington Post.

"Usually they shoot at the legs, but this was at eye level," photographer Marco Longari said.

Moheeb Al-Barghouthi, who works for the official Palestinian Authority newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, was beaten by Israeli soldiers on Friday while covering an anti-wall protest in Nabi Saleh near Ramallah. The soldiers destroyed his camera and confiscated some of his equipment. He suffered severe head injuries. The journalist also said the soldiers accused him of "misrepresenting" the image of Israeli forces and left him bleeding and handcuffed on the ground in the intense heat for several hours, reported Ma'an News. 

In a controversial move, the Israeli government has asked the journalists to hand over all their photos from another protest. News organisations have stated that they will fight this order in court.

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