Aug 13, 2014 / 12:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Aboard the papal flight to South Korea today, Pope Francis led an impromptu moment of silence to pray for a photojournalist who was killed in Gaza, and thanked journalists for their work.
Simone Camilli, a 35-year-old Italian working for the Associated Press, and his freelance Palestinian translator, Ali Shehda Abu Afash, died Aug. 13 along with four Gazan bomb disposal offficers who were trying to dismantle an Israeli missile.
The missile exploded in Beit Lahiya as they tried to neutralize it. Four additional persons, including AP photographer Hatem Moussa, were gravely injured by the explosion.
Fighting between Israel and Hamas since July 8 has killed more than 1,900 Palestinians, and 67 Israelis.
“These are the consequences of war,” Pope Francis told reporters after learning of the death of Camilli, Afash, and the others.
“Thanks for your service,” the Pope told the journalists on his flight. “Thanks for all that you do.”
Pope Francis asked for a moment of silence to pray for those who died in Beit Lahiya; the moment lasted about 30 seconds. …
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