Amidst the backdrop of Diaa Al-Kahlot's captivity by the Israeli army since December 7, 2023, distressing news has reached the "Women Journalists Without Chains".
organization, pointing to a concerning decline in the health of the correspondent and director of the "Al-Araby Al-Jadeed" office in Gaza.
According to testimonies from recently released detainees, colleagues of the journalist Diaa Al-Kahlot have revealed that he is currently battling a chest infection and hypertension. Furthermore, he is facing an investigation related to his journalistic activities and his sources of information. It is deeply distressing to learn that Diaa, along with others, has endured torture and mistreatment at the hands of the occupying soldiers.
In a firm and determined manner, the WJWC strongly insists on the prompt release of journalist Al-Kahlot, as well as all individuals who have been unlawfully detained. Additionally, it calls upon the international community, journalistic associations, and human rights organizations to openly condemn the ongoing violations perpetrated by the Israeli army against journalists in Gaza since October 7, 2023,
Based on data provided by the government media office in Gaza, the number of individuals arrested by the Israeli army in the city has exceeded 2,600, with 40 medical personnel and 8 journalists among them, while an alarming 105 journalists have tragically lost their lives.
The organization urges the United Nations to exert pressure on the Israeli authorities, urging them to grant access to Al-Kahlot and prioritize his medical care, in addition to ensuring the provision of healthcare services to all detainees.
On December 7, 2023, journalist Diaa Al-Kahlot, a resident of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, was arrested by Israeli occupation forces in an operation that also involved the apprehension of his brothers, relatives, and civilians. Heartbreakingly, Al-Kahlot was forced to leave behind his 7-year-old daughter, Nada, who suffers from a disability. During the arrest, Al-Kahlot, like many other detainees, was subjected to degrading treatment, including being forcibly stripped and subjected to severe physical beatings.