The death of Palestinian filmmaker Abdul Al Jaffari, who had made videos about the ongoing conflict in Gaza, was confirmed on Monday by Israeli military sources.
Al Jaffeir, 35, was shot and killed by Israeli forces near the northern Gaza Strip, while filming in the city of Rafah, a military spokesman said.
Al Jazeera’s Imtiaz Tyab, reporting from Gaza, said the Palestinian director was one of the founders of the group Palestinian Cinemas, which was established in 2005 to promote Palestinian cinema in the occupied territories.
The group is known for its work in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Al-Jaffari was shot dead near a checkpoint between Rafah and the city’s main airport, in an area where Israeli soldiers had been battling with Palestinian armed groups.
“This is a terrible blow for the Palestinian cinema and for the Palestinians,” Al Jazeera quoted a spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organization as saying.
“We call on the international community to intervene and condemn this killing.”
The death has triggered an outpouring of grief from Palestinians across the world.
“It is a sad day for Palestinian cinema,” Palestinian film director Mohammad Dahlan told Reuters news agency.
“He is a man who has done a great service to Palestinian cinema.
His videos are the most important contribution we have to make.”
Al Jafaari’s death follows that of Omar al-Shami, a director of Palestinian cinema, who was shot by Israeli soldiers on Saturday near the southern Gaza Strip border.
Al Shami, who has made several films about the conflict in the region, was wounded in the attack, which came a day after a similar incident in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
In the West, Palestinians have been protesting against the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and against the ongoing military offensive by Israel.
The recent escalation in the conflict has seen at least 10 Palestinians killed in the last 48 hours.
More than 5,000 Palestinians have also been injured, according to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, while nearly 1,000 have been arrested and more than 1,400 detained.
The current conflict began in 2007 when Israel launched an aggressive military campaign in the Gaza Strip and the West bank, which has since been annexed by Israel into the Palestinian territory.
The Gaza Strip is a territory claimed by both Israel and the Palestinians, and Palestinians have long faced severe restrictions and restrictions on movement inside and outside the territory.
Israel considers the strip its “indigenous” territory, and has the right to establish a military presence on its soil.
Palestinians claim the West Wall, the Old City and East Jerusalem, as part of their sovereign territory.
Hamas, the Palestinian militant group, has ruled the Gaza strip since 2007, when Israel seized the territory in a unilateral military offensive.