Al Jazeera journalist narrowly avoids being shot by a sniper in Gaza

  • Video shows Al Jazeera journalist ducking for cover as bullet whistles past her
  • Clip filmed as Hoda Abdel-Hamid reported from scene of deadly Gaza protests
  • Separate footage shows tear gas canisters crashing down close to reporters
  • Journalists sprinted for cover after canisters were dropped from Israeli drone 

By Julian Robinson for MailOnline

Published: 07:30 EDT, 15 May 2018 | Updated: 08:10 EDT, 15 May 2018

An Al Jazeera journalist narrowly avoided being shot by a sniper and hit be a tear gas grenade as she was reporting at the deadly Gaza protests.

Dramatic video shows the network's international correspondent Hoda Abdel-Hamid ducking for cover in front of the camera as a bullet whistled past her.

The journalist, who was wearing a helmet and bullet-proof vest, posted a second video on her Twitter feed showing tear gas canisters dropping from the sky and landing within yards of television crews. 

Dramatic footage has emerged showing the moment an Al Jazeera journalist narrowly avoided being shot by a sniper
Dramatic footage has emerged showing the moment an Al Jazeera journalist narrowly avoided being shot by a sniper

Dramatic footage has emerged showing the moment an Al Jazeera journalist narrowly avoided being shot by a sniper

Video shows the network's international correspondent Hoda Abdel-Hamid ducking for cover in front of the camera as a bullet whistled past her
Video shows the network's international correspondent Hoda Abdel-Hamid ducking for cover in front of the camera as a bullet whistled past her

Video shows the network's international correspondent Hoda Abdel-Hamid ducking for cover in front of the camera as a bullet whistled past her

The journalist, who was wearing a helmet and bullet-proof vest, posted a second video on her Twitter feed showing tear gas canisters dropping from the sky and landing within yards of television crews
The journalist, who was wearing a helmet and bullet-proof vest, posted a second video on her Twitter feed showing tear gas canisters dropping from the sky and landing within yards of television crews
The journalist, who was wearing a helmet and bullet-proof vest, posted a second video on her Twitter feed showing tear gas canisters dropping from the sky and landing within yards of television crews
The journalist, who was wearing a helmet and bullet-proof vest, posted a second video on her Twitter feed showing tear gas canisters dropping from the sky and landing within yards of television crews

The journalist, who was wearing a helmet and bullet-proof vest, posted a second video on her Twitter feed showing tear gas canisters dropping from the sky and landing within yards of television crews

Footage shows the canisters dropping from a drone and thudding into the ground, sending reporters diving for cover and leaving them coughing and gasping for air. 

In messages posted along with the video, Abdel-Hamid, who is being treated in hospital following her ordeal, wrote: '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.' 

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. 

Footage shows the canisters dropping from a drone and thudding into the ground, sending reporters diving for cover and leaving them coughing and gasping for air
Footage shows the canisters dropping from a drone and thudding into the ground, sending reporters diving for cover and leaving them coughing and gasping for air
Footage shows the canisters dropping from a drone and thudding into the ground, sending reporters diving for cover and leaving them coughing and gasping for air
Footage shows the canisters dropping from a drone and thudding into the ground, sending reporters diving for cover and leaving them coughing and gasping for air

Footage shows the canisters dropping from a drone and thudding into the ground, sending reporters diving for cover and leaving them coughing and gasping for air

Monday's violence on the border was the bloodiest for Palestinians since the 2014 Gaza conflict. Palestinians rallied in Gaza today for the funerals of those killed. 

Palestinian leaders have called Monday's events a massacre, and the Israeli tactic of using live fire against the protesters has drawn worldwide concern and condemnation.

Israel has said it is acting in self-defence to defend its borders and communities. Its main ally the United States has backed that stance, with both saying that Hamas, the Islamist group that rules the coastal enclave, instigated the violence.

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