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Journalist Narrowly Avoids Sniper Fire And Tear Gas In Gaza

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Journalist Narrowly Avoids Sniper Fire And Tear Gas In Gaza

A journalist for the TV channel Al Jazeera has narrowly avoided being shot by an Israeli sniper as well as being involved in a tear gas attack as she tried to report on the recent events in Gaza.

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Hoda Abdel-Hamid is the international correspondent for the Arabic TV channel and she was filmed taking evasive action as a bullet narrowly whizzed past her.

She also then uploaded another video in which tear gas canisters could be seen raining down from the sky and landing within metres of the press and TV crew.

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The shocking video shows drones carrying the gas above the crowd before dropping them and causing everyone nearby to dive for cover.

The reporters can be heard coughing and spluttering as the gas takes its effect.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Abdel-Hamid is now in the hospital after the incident. She posted a message alongside one of the videos that said: "Targeting journalists won't make the Gaza problem go away.

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"This happened while away from the fence and no one around us was throwing stones or doing anything else... people were sitting, watching from afar while trying to keep safe. But there was nowhere to be safe, neither by the fence or away from it."

Around 60 people have been killed and more than 2,000 injured in clashes between Palestinian and Israeli forces over the movement of the embassy of the United States of America into Jerusalem.

Yesterday's fighting was the bloodiest day in the area since the war between the two states ended in 2014. Palestine's leaders have called the events a massacre and the Israeli forces have been widely criticised internationally for their use of live ammunition and such force against protestors.

Israel's argument is that it is acting in self-defence to defend itself and protect its borders. The United States of America, one of Israel's closest international allies, has defended its standpoint, saying that the Palestinian organisation Hamas, which rules in the coastal area of Gaza, started the violence that caused all of the bloodshed.

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Credit: PA
Credit: PA

The protests that escalated into such widespread violence yesterday have been ongoing for some weeks now, but came to a head yesterday when the US embassy opened.

Palestinians claim that this embassy represents a clear effort from the US-backed Israelis to control the whole of Jerusalem, whose East side is claimed as the capital of Palestine, as well as the capital of Israel.

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Topics: World News, Palestine, Donald Trump, Israel

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