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Live updates: Israel-Hamas war rages as Gaza death toll rises

Motaz Azaiza, a 24-year-old photojournalist who has been documenting the war on social media. CNN

Motaz Azaiza, the Palestinian journalist and photographer who has diligently documented life in Gaza during the Israel-Hamas war, evacuated the enclave and landed in Doha on Tuesday via a Qatari Air Force plane, according to his Instagram.

“I had to evacuate for a lot of reasons you all know some of it but not all of it,” Azaiza wrote on his Instagram, adding, “pray for Gaza.”  

In an Instagram post Tuesday, Azaiza told his 18 million followers he had to leave “for a lot of reasons,” adding, “You all know some of it but not all of it.”

“This is the last time you’ll see me with this heavy, stinky vest,” he says in a video, as friends gather around him and help him take off his press flak jacket.

Azaiza has built an international following for his reporting of Israel’s assault on Gaza since October 7, becoming one of the few sources of independent media in the war zone.

Most global news organizations have been unable to cover the conflict with their own correspondents on the ground. Israel, along with Egypt, has largely blocked international journalists from Gaza, saying they cannot cannot guarantee their safety.

The few foreign journalists who have been allowed to enter the enclave have primarily embedded with the Israel Defense Forces and may have had to submit their footage to the military for security review.

Read more about the journalists documenting the war on the ground.

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