International (CPJ) condemns Turkey's shelling of the journalist as war crimes

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) today condemned the horrific massacre by the Turkish occupation army of airstrikes on a convoy of civilians that led to the martyrdom of ANHA correspondent Saad Ahmed and the injury of other journalists.

At about 4:15 pm yesterday, A Turkish airstrike hit a civilian convoy from Qamishlo to Serêkaniyê / Ras al-Ain in northern Syria, the journalist Saad Ahmed, a Syrian reporter for the Hawar News Agency (ANHA), martyred.

At least four other journalists from the local media were injured in the attack, according to reports and news sources, she spoke to CPJ. According to a report by the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, five other civilians were killed in the raid.

"We are deeply concerned about the apparent targeting of a civilian convoy in northern Syria. Turkish forces must respect international standards and ensure that journalists and other civilians are not targeted; Maria Salazar Ferro, director of emergency at the Committee to Protect Journalists, said in New York that such attacks are explicitly prohibited under international law and could constitute war crimes.

CPJ's emergency team, led by Maria Salazar Vero, is closely monitoring the situation in northern Syria and is reaching out too many journalists covering the conflict.

Alan Roj and Dilshad Judy told CPJ that Ahmed and his ANHA colleague Mehmet Akinci were with a group of local and foreign journalists on their way to cover a demonstration against the Turkish attack when their convoy was bombed.

The shrapnel of the blast hit Saad Ahmed near the head and hit Akinji in the feet; Ahmed martyred of his wounds, according to an ANHA report.

Arsin Jakso, correspondent for Furat News Agency, Delsoz Deldar, correspondent for North Press, and Amal Younes, correspondent for Sterk TV, were also injured in the strike.

In a related context, the Committee to Protect Journalists at a time will remain that the Turkish authorities should stop censoring news reports about attacks in Syria and the detention or harassment of journalists who cover it.

The Office of the Prosecutor in Istanbul today issued a statement banning critical news reports and comments on the Turkish attack on northern Syria.



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