Hoda Abdel-Hamid, Al Jazeera journalist narrowly escapes death as she reports from the front line of Gaza protests

Video footage shows an Al Jazeera journalist ducking for cover to avoid being shot by a sniper and hit by a tear gas grenade as she was reporting at the deadly Gaza protests.

The network's international correspondent Hoda Abdel-Hamid narrowly escaped unhurt as a bullet whistled past her while she reported in front of the camera. She had on a helmet and bullet-proof vest but even those were not enough protection from the chaos going on around her

She later posted a second video on her Twitter account showing tear gas canisters dropping from the sky and landing within yards of television crews. The tear gas canisters were fired by drones from the sky and can be seen thudding into the ground, sending reporters diving for cover and leaving them coughing and gasping for air.

She accompanied the video with a message that reads: "Targeting journalists won't make the Gaza problem go away. 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."

Abdel-Hamid is being treated in hospital following her ordeal.
About 60 people were killed in yesterday's clashes and more than 2,000 were injured as huge protests took place over the opening of America's new embassy in Jerusalem. Monday's violence on the border was the bloodiest for Palestinians since the 2014 Gaza conflict.

Source: LIB

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