Nidal Ashtiyeh says he was standing away from protesters when Israeli troops shot a rubber-coated steel bullet at his eye. Two IDF officers were recently convicted for assaulting Israeli and Palestinian journalists.
Israeli soldiers shot a Palestinian photojournalist in the eye with a rubber-coated steel bullet on Saturday.
Nidal Ashtiyeh, a photographer for Chinese news agency Xinhua, arrived at the Nakba Day protest taking place at the Huwwara checkpoint near Nablus late Saturday morning.
“It was a quiet protest — no rocks, and it was just starting,” Ashtiyeh explained.
There were around 200 protesters, and 20 or so journalists were standing some distance from them, he recalled, adding that all of the journalists had cameras and equipment that made them easily identifiable as journalists.
“The soldiers don’t differentiate between protesters and photographers and they just shot at us,” Ashtiyeh continued. “A foreign journalist was lightly wounded and they shot a rubber bullet that hit my gas mask.”
The glass from the gas mask’s visor shattered and penetrated Ashtiyeh’s eye. He was brought to a hospital in Nablus. He was released later on Sunday. Ashtiyeh says that doctors told him they would only be able to give him a prognosis in a couple of days.
The IDF Spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.
This was not the first time Nidal Ashtiyeh has been attacked by Israeli soldiers. A few weeks ago he was struck by a tear gas canister fired at him during another protest in the area.
In August 2013, IDF soldiers attacked Ashtiyeh and stole his cameras, and handed them over to Jewish settlers who proceeded to smash them and take the memory cards. Through a lawyer, he recently received compensation for his damaged equipment, Haaretz reported. The soldiers who attacked him have not been charged.
+972 published exclusive video showing two Israeli army officers kicking, tackling and throwing stones at two photojournalists — an Israeli and a Palestinian — at a protest in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. As a result of the footage published here and on our Hebrew site, Local Call, the two officers were convicted in a brigade-level disciplinary procedure; one of them was sentenced to two weeks in prison.
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