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AP video journalist, translator killed in Gaza

BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) -- An Associated Press video journalist and a freelance Palestinian translator assisting him were killed in an ordnance explosion Wednesday while working on an assignment about the aftermath about the recent war in the Gaza Strip.

Simone Camilli and Ali Shehda Abu Afash died when ordnance left over from fighting between Israel and Islamic militants blew up as Gazan police engineers were working to neutralize it in the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya.

Police said three police engineers were also killed, while four people, including AP photographer Hatem Moussa, were badly injured.

Camilli, an Italian national, had worked for The Associated Press since being hired as a freelancer in Rome in 2005. He relocated to Jerusalem in 2006, and often covered assignments in Gaza.

Najib Jobain, the AP's chief producer in Gaza, said Camilli was a welcome face in Gaza who loved the story so much that he recently turned down an assignment in Iraq to come to the seaside strip.

"He was my brother. I have known him for almost 10 years. He was so happy to be with me working in Gaza," Jobain said. "He was asked, `Do you want to go to Irbil or Gaza?' He said, `I'll go to Gaza.'"

Camilli, 35, is the first foreign journalist killed in the Gaza conflict, which took more than 1,900 Palestinian lives and 67 on the Israeli side. He leaves behind his longtime partner and a 3-year-old daughter.

Abu Afash, a 36-year-old Gaza resident, leaves behind a wife and two daughters, ages 5 and 6. He often worked with the international media as a translator and news assistant.

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esqlevine August 13 2014 at 10:03 AM

Palestinian rockets and shells fall indiscriminately all over Gaza. Many exploded in civilian areas killing their own people. As for this journalist, nothing good comes from hanging around a terror state. It's not like he is allowed to report the truth anyway.

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Karen August 13 2014 at 8:56 AM

It's time for sane people to stay away from these crazies. These two, have lost their lives for what? If you know their are poisonous snakes in the jungle, would you barge into it to film them?

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fb723 August 13 2014 at 9:18 AM

Where did they think they were? It's a WAR ZONE. It happens.

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steel_nuts August 13 2014 at 9:30 AM

That is what you get when you go in a country like that

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Tanu Fronk steel_nuts August 13 2014 at 10:13 AM

stay home coward!

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Stewart Tanu Fronk August 13 2014 at 11:31 AM

Fronk you, tanu.

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renner1234 August 13 2014 at 9:47 AM

Story sounds a little fishy. The report does not say whoes weapon it was who blow up.

Could it have been a Hamas equipment.

I do believe it it was from israel they would have said it outright.

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ashespaw August 13 2014 at 8:55 AM

Tragic about one victim screams the headline. There is nothing about being a reporter that makes the loss of his life more special or tragic than the loss of any other life. That he is a journalist tells me that he was too lazy to get a real job.

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matis August 13 2014 at 11:19 AM

funny thing about the unexploded ordnance, cnn reports there was a secondary explosion from nearby. funny how that happens...

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jungldvl August 13 2014 at 11:22 AM

And so it goes, what to be in the action because you feel as "press" you have the right to be there - welcome to the real world !

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cwmktng August 13 2014 at 9:59 AM

the IDF don't want the world to see what horrible things they are doing, they will murder women , children and reporters.. Even AMERICANS, Isreal could care less.

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chrisp442 August 13 2014 at 9:04 AM

Isn't it great how we place a higher value on someone life then on another based on who they are killed by and or how they die? DWI victims don't matter but gun violence ones do. dead reporters oh the horror dead civilians that no one knows who cares.... its all about agendas and $

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GUNSLINGER chrisp442 August 13 2014 at 10:18 AM

The number is closer to 20 to one in cars alone. 40,000 a year die in cars in the U.S. and a little more than 2,000 by guns. But all sane people agree with you.

As the "U.S. BORDER INVASION" continues.

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