Journalist Hana Mahameed back on screen after being hit in face by 'Israeli grenade' in East Jersualem

Al-Mayadeen TV reporter appeared on screen with her face and neck heavily bandaged

Tom Brooks-Pollock
Monday 05 October 2015 09:20 BST
TV reporter Hana Hammad back at work after being hit by a grenade
TV reporter Hana Hammad back at work after being hit by a grenade (Twitter)

A TV journalist returned to work with her face bandaged after being hit by a projectile reportedly fired during a clash between Israeli police and demonstrators in East Jerusalem.

Hana Mahameed, an Arab-Israeli reporter for Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen TV, appeared on screen with dressings on much of her face and neck, shortly after she was struck by a sound grenade allegedly fired by Israeli officers.

Raed Sobies, a colleague of Ms Mahameed, told the The Independent that Ms Mahameed was not seriously injured, but had been left with “holes in her face and neck” and that doctors had advised her to take time off work to recover.

She had been forced to continue working, Mr Sobies said, while the TV station found another reporter who will be allowed access to Israel-Palestine by Israeli authorities.

He added: "Of course it's not good ... we don't know yet what the result [of her injuries] will be, and whether she will be scarred.

People run to help Al-Mayadeen journalist Hana Mahameed after she is hit by a projectile (YouTube/Al-Mayadeen)

"We've been looking for someone to relieve her stiatuion but it's not easy."

TV footage posted on social media shows a projectile travelling at speed towards an Al-Mayadeen camera. Screaming can then be heard and Ms Mahammed, wearing a ‘press’ flak jacket, is shown wincing in pain with people running to her aid.

Israeli police said the clash took place while forces were detaining the father of a Palestinian teenager, Fadi Alloun, 19, who was accused of stabbing an Israeli teen early Sunday before being shot dead by police.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri told the Associated Press that officers responded to demonstrators with "riot dispersal means" and that "whoever is present with law-breaking rioters risks getting injured.

Additional reporting by Associated Press

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