Journalist cleared

WASHINGTON – The United States had approved a grant for a media company started by a Palestinian journalist who died last week after being wounded by Israeli fire while covering protests along the Israel-Gaza border, the US State Department said on Tuesday.

Yaser Murtaja, 30, was a cameraman for Palestinian Ain Media, a production company he co-founded.

Photos showed him lying wounded on a stretcher wearing a navy-blue protective vest marked “PRESS” in large capital letters. The US has not yet commented on his shooting.

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