Wednesday 20 February 2019

Reporter in West Bank tear-gassed during live broadcast

Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel-Hamid was left coughing and struggling to breath following the gas attack
Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel-Hamid was left coughing and struggling to breath following the gas attack

David Kearns

A TV news reporter has forced to flee after she was tear-gassed by the Israeli Defence Force while reporting on violent clashes in the West Bank.

Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel-Hamid was conducting a live report from atop an embankment when she spies a truck full of soldiers approaching on the road below as a small group of civilians move up the hill.

Broadcast from a settlement north of Ramallah, the footage shows tear gas being fired from the vehicle in the direction of Ms Abdel-Hamid, despite the fact she is wearing a flak-jacket with the word "press" emblazoned clearly across the breast.

"I think we will have to move from here – we're getting tear-gassed by the Israeli soldiers," the reporter says as plumes of the noxious agent begin drifting in her direction.

"We can't really breathe at this stage," she gasps, valiantly trying continue the report but is soon coughing so hard she can’t speak and has to put on a gas mask.

Ms Abdel-Hamid was on the scene to report on the latest violence on the West Bank, which has cost the lives of 24 Palestinians already this month, the latest victim being a 13-year-old boy who was shot dead by Israeli troops at a checkpoint near Ramallah.

Al Jazeera crew tear-gassed in Israeli-occupied West Bank

Correction 10/10/2015: An earlier version of this caption incorrectly located the scene of this video as Beirzeit. This was incorrect. Events in this video took place in Beit El, also near Ramallah.This was the moment Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel Hamid was tear-gassed on Saturday by Israeli forces in in Beit El, North Ramallah.

Posted by Al Jazeera English on Saturday, 10 October 2015

This weekend saw heavy clashes in the area, which is a narrow and tightly controlled gateway into east Jerusalem, sparked by tensions over the al-Aqsa Mosque.

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