IDF says intel shows two slain Al Jazeera journalists were members of terror groups

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Palestinians look at a car targeted by an Israeli airstrike in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Jan. 7, 2024, in which two journalists were killed. (AP/Hatem Ali)
Palestinians look at a car targeted by an Israeli airstrike in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Jan. 7, 2024, in which two journalists were killed. (AP/Hatem Ali)

The IDF says intelligence shows that two Al Jazeera journalists targeted in an airstrike on Sunday in southern Gaza’s Rafah, were members of terror organizations in the Gaza Strip.

The strike was carried out after the IDF said it spotted a terror operative piloting a drone, and subsequently hit a car they were in.

Hamza Wael Dahdouh, the son of Al Jazeera’s Gaza correspondent Wael Dahdouh, and Mustafa Thuria, a video stringer for AFP who was also working for Qatar-based television, both died in the strike.

The IDF says its intelligence confirms both are members of Gaza-based terror groups and were “actively involved in attacks against IDF forces.”

It says Thuria was identified by a document found by troops in Gaza as a member of Hamas’s Gaza City Brigade, serving as a deputy squad commander in one of the battalions.

Dahdouh, according to the IDF, is a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. It says documents recovered by troops in Gaza reveal he served in Islamic Jihad’s electronic engineering unit, and previously was a deputy commander in the Zeitoun Battalion’s rocket firing force.

The IDF attaches a copy of the document showing Dahdouh was a member of Islamic Jihad’s electronic engineering unit.

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