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Jazeera reporter 'under attack'

Watch al-Jazeera's Jacky Rowland dodge IDF tear gas grenade while covering anti-fence protest

New footage shows an al-Jazeera reporter barely dodging a tear gas grenade fired by Israeli troops aiming to disperse an anti-fence demonstration in the West Bank Friday.

 

Footage of the near-hit shows Jacky Rowland speaking to the camera and holding a microphone in her hand. At one point the reporter becomes visibly alarmed as a tear gas grenade is shown landing right next to her.

 

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The al-Jazeera reporter shows great agility as she gets out of the grenade's way, while exclaiming: "We're under attack!

 

"They're obviously trying to take us off the air – the soldiers are basically firing canisters right at us," she is seen saying shortly after the close call. "It's quite obvious that we are the target now and not the protestors."

 

Despite the incident, Rowland appears to remain largely unfazed, despite being shrouded by a cloud of gas, and shows determination to continue the broadcast.

 

In another anti-fence protest Friday, a photographer sustained light wounds after being hit by an Israeli bullet.

 

The IDF responded by noting that violent and illegal riots take place in West Bank villages weekly, requiring forces to use forces in order to disperse them.

 

"Rioters hurl stones, throw Molotov cocktails, and roll burning tires towards security forces," the army said. "Past experience shows that journalists arrive at the area from the direction of the Palestinian villages, thereby knowingly bringing themselves into a risky situation."

 


פרסום ראשון: 09.05.09, 19:05
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