AP will livestream Simone Camilli’s funeral

August 14, 2014
Simone Camilli in Beit Lahiya on Monday. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Simone Camilli in Beit Lahiya on Monday. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Associated Press

The Associated Press will livestream the funeral for AP video journalist Simone Camilli, who became the first foreign journalist killed covering the Gaza conflict Wednesday:

The funeral service is scheduled to begin 6 p.m. (12 p.m. ET / 1600 GMT), in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. It will be celebrated by the bishop of Pitigliano-Sovana-Orbetello, the Rev. Guglielmo Borghetti.

AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt and other AP staff will attend.

Live coverage will also be available to all AP Direct clients from 1530 GMT, as well as AP Video Hub clients.

The funeral of Abu Afash, a Gaza resident, was held Wednesday in keeping with Muslim tradition.

Camilli and his Palestinian translator, Ali Shehda Abu Afash, died after unexploded ordnance detonated in a disposal site in the town of Beit Lahiya, according to the AP. Police engineers were trying to defuse the ordnance when it exploded, killing six people and seriously injuring three others. Among the injured was Hatem Moussa, an AP photographer, who was knocked unconscious by multiple blasts.

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Camilli is the 33rd journalist to die while covering news for that agency since it was founded in 1846, according to the AP. Earlier this year, Anja Niedringhaus was killed while covering the run up to presidential elections in the Khost province of Afghanistan. Her funeral was also livestreamed by the AP and attended by Pruitt and several other leaders from the AP.