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British Freelance Journalist Killed by Israeli Troops


A British freelance journalist working in the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip has been shot and killed by Israeli troops. James Miller was filming Israeli forces demolishing houses in the camp when he was hit.

The Israeli military says its troops were uncovering tunnels used by Palestinian militants to smuggle in weapons when the soldiers came under fire and returned it. They say James Miller was caught in the crossfire.

Local witnesses deny the troops were being fired upon. They say the television crew carried a white flag and large TV markings on its jackets and was clearly visible to the soldiers.

The military denies it targeted Mr. Miller and expressed sorrow over the death of a civilian. Mr. Miller was flown to a hospital but died en route. He was making a documentary on how Palestinian children are affected by violence.

Earlier Friday, a funeral procession for 12 Palestinians killed in an Israeli raid in Gaza turned into a massive demonstration against Israel and the new Palestinian prime minister, who has denounced the use of violence.

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