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Hundreds of mourners packed a medieval cathedral in a Tuscan hilltop town to remember Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli, who was killed this week on assignment in the Gaza Strip. (Aug. 15)

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Pitigliano, Italy - 15 August 2014

1. Various of AP video journalist Simone Camilli's hometown of Pitigliano

2. Tilt down of cathedral where service was held

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Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip - 11 August 2014

3. STILL PHOTO showing Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli outside demolished building

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Gaza City, Gaza Strip - August 2014

4. STILL PHOTO showing Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli on a balcony overlooking smoke from Israeli strike in Gaza City

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Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip - 13 August 2014

5. Skyline shot of Beit Lahiya with smoke rising into the air after explosion

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Pitigliano, Italy - 15 August 2014

6. Mourners in church paying their respects to Camilli

7. Camilli's casket in front of cathedral

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Location and date unknown

8. Undated STILL photo of Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli

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Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip - 11 August 2014

++Filmed and edited by Simone Camilli+++

9. Palestinian flag with minaret in the background

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Pitigliano, Italy - 15 August 2014

10. Gary Pruitt and other members of AP standing outside cathedral

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Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip - 11 August 2014

++Filmed and edited by Simone Camilli+++

11. Palestinian boys standing amidst the rubble, fire in foreground

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Jebaliya, Northern Gaza Strip - 9 August 2014

+Filmed and edited by Simone Camilli+++

12 . Close-up of Palestinian girl in a United Nations school shelter in Jebaliya

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Pitigliano, Italy - 15 August 2014

13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gary Pruitt, Associated Press President and CEO}

"To tell the human side of the story in a war. It's often missing, and Simone's work captured that human side very poignantly, powerfully and uniquely.We will all miss that. The entire world will miss that."

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Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip - 11 August 2014

++Filmed and edited by Simone Camilli+++

14. Shots of child playing patty cake in a shelter

15. People walking through rubble of destroyed buildings

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Mariam Bek village, northern Iraq - 1 July 2014

16. STILL photo of Camilli at work filming Kurdish Peshmerga fighters under a bridge near frontline with militants from the Islamic State group in Mariam Bek village, between Tikrit and Kirkuk in northern Iraq

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Pitigliano, Italy - 15 August 2014

17. Shots of Camilli's coffin covered in wreaths and guarded by honour guard in front of altar

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Gaza City, Gaza Strip - August 2014

18. STILL PHOTO showing Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli on a balcony overlooking smoke from Israeli strike in Gaza City

{voice-over script}

ATOP A HILL IN THIS QUIET TUSCAN TOWN, HUNDREDS OF MOURNERS PACKED A MEDIEVAL CATHEDRAL TO REMEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS VIDEO JOURNALIST SIMONE CAMILLI (see-MONE-ay ca-MEE-lee)... KILLED THIS WEEK ON ASSIGNMENT IN THE GAZA STRIP.

CAMILLI, HIS TRANSLATOR AND FOUR OTHERS DIED WEDNESDAY WHEN LEFTOVER ORDNANCE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN DROPPED IN AN ISRAELI AIRSTRIKE EXPLODED.

HE WAS ON THE SCENE REPORTING ON THE AFTERMATH OF THE MONTH-LONG WAR, HOURS BEFORE ISRAEL AND HAMAS AGREED TO EXTEND A TEMPORARY CEASEFIRE FOR FIVE DAYS.

THE 35-YEAR-OLD CAMILLI HAD BEEN WITH THE AP FOR NEARLY A DECADE, COVERING THE MIDDLE EAST MOST OF THAT TIME.

AP HEAD GARY PRUITT LAUDED CAMILLI'S UNIQUE ABILITY TO PERSONALIZE HIS STORIES AND CAPTURE THE HUMAN SIDE OF WHAT'S HAPPENING IN A WAR.

{SOT: Gary Pruitt, Associated Press President and CEO}

"To tell the human side of the story in a war. It's often missing, and Simone's work captured that human side very poignantly, powerfully and uniquely./We will all miss that. The entire world will miss that."

CAMILLI IS THE SECOND AP JOURNALIST THIS YEAR TO DIE ON ASSIGNMENT.

HE IS THE FIRST FOREIGN JOURNALIST KILLED IN THE GAZA CONFLICT, WHICH HAS ALREADY TAKEN THE LIVES OF MORE THAN 1,900 PALESTINIANS AND 67 ISRAELIS.

CAMILLI IS SURVIVED BY HIS LONGTIME PARTNER, A 3-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, HIS PARENTS AND TWO SISTERS.

KELLY DASCHLE, ASSOCIATED PRESS.

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