Camera Films The Moment A Human Rights Volunteer Gets Hit In The Chest

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Sameera Ehteram
A gas canister slammed into the chest of a volunteer cameraman in the West Bank and the footage that was captured of the incident is indeed harrowing.

A gas canister slammed into the chest of a volunteer cameraman in the West Bank and the footage that was captured of the incident is indeed harrowing.

Muhmmad 'Awad aka Abu Ahmad is a volunteer videographer for B'Tselem, an Israeli non-governmental organization (NGO), which monitors human rights in Occupied Territories.

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He was recording clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli soldiers in the West Bank town of Beit Ummar on November 27, 2013 when he was hit. He had just recorded the soldiers standing by a jeep when a stone landed near them. One of the officers fired several teargas canisters towards the general area of the stone throwers and where the cameraman was standing.

The visuals show the soldier point his teargas launcher at the B'Tselem's cameraman and fire a canister almost straight at him.

Thankfully, Abu Ahmad was only bruised in the chest. He was taken to a hospital and treated there.

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B'Tselem is not in the good books of Israeli nationalists. In 2011, Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman charged the group with abetting terrorism and weakening Israel's defense forces.

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