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Photojournalists Under Fire In Israel, Ukraine

Photojournalists found themselves under fire in conflict zones across the world over the weekend.

In the Ukraine, where protesters are clashing with government forces, photographers have been very visibly attacked. The Kyiv Post, a top English newspaper in the country, reported that at least 40 journalists were injured by riot police. Among them were employees of the New York Times, Reuters and Agence France Presse, along with many local journalists.

One cameraman, Roman Kupriyanov, was filming when police came over and kicked him repeatedly to the ground. His moans of pain could be heard on the video he uploaded to the Euronews website:

Photographers also found themselves under attack in Israel, according to that country's Foreign Press Association. In a statement released on Sunday, the FPA accused the Israeli Defense Forces of deliberately targeting journalists, following an incident in which Israeli soldiers, according to the statement, "fired rubber bullets and threw stun grenades directly at a group of working journalists."

The journalists were covering a clash between the soldiers and a group of Palestinians with stones. An AFP photographer told the wire service that he and his colleagues were standing well away from the heart of the confrontation, contradicting an IDF statement that they were in the line of fire.

"Usually they shoot at the legs, but this was at eye level," the photographer, Marco Longari, said.

The Israeli government also asked journalists to hand over all of their photos from a separate protest — something news organizations said they would fight in court, as HuffPost Live discussed on Monday:

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