Death of journalist and translator in Gaza is deplored by UNESCO chief

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Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The death of an Italian journalist and his translator in Gaza has been deplored by the head of the UN cultural agency (UNESCO).

Associated Press (AP) journalist Simone Camilli and Ali Shehada Abu Afash are reported to have died in an explosion in the town of Beit Lahiya on Wednesday.

Three members of the Palestinian bomb squad who were trying to dismantle an unexploded missile also died in the incident.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the Director-General of  UNESCO, Irina Bokova voiced her deep concern over the death of the journalist and his translator.

Ms. Bokova said "the loss of individuals who brave danger to ensure that the world is kept informed of events in conflict zones" affects everyone.

Eight media workers have died in Gaza since the start of the conflict in July according to UNESCO.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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