9 October 1998


Photographer shot in Hebron

Incident details

Hossam Abou Alan

media worker(s)


(RSF/IFEX) - RSF is protesting the deliberate shooting by Israeli police of
a photographer during a Palestinian demonstration in Hebron (West Bank).

According to our information, on 8 October 1998, Hossam Abou Alan, an Agence
France-Presse (AFP) photographer, was seriously injured in the back of the
head by a rubber bullet fired by Israeli troops during clashes with
Palestinians. His condition is considered as serious by doctors in the
nearby hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. Journalists who
witnessed the shooting declared that they have been deliberately aimed at by
Israeli troops, despite the fact they have been clearly identified as
journalists by troops who know them.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to the Prime Minister:

  • expressing alarm by the latest increase in attacks on journalists in
  • reminding him of the fact that on 10 March 1998 journalists were wounded
    by rubber bullets shot by Israeli military, and that on 30 September, 5
    journalists were severely beaten by the Israeli police
  • suggesting that such behaviour by troops should not occur in a democracy,
    where journalists should be protected to do their job freely and without any
  • respectfully urging him to intervene so that the soldiers responsible for
    this breach of the rule of law are taken to court and convicted accordingly

    Appeals To

    His Excellency Benyamin Netanyahu
    Prime Minister
    Jerusalem, Israel
    Fax: +972 2 664 838

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

  • Source

    Reporters Without Borders
    47, rue Vivienne
    75002 Paris, France
    rsf (@) rsf.org

    Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51
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