Crew was attacked while covering a protest in Hebron
A CNN news crew was attacked in the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday.
Reporter Ben Wedeman was in the West Bank city covering the intensive search for three Israeli teenagers kidnapped earlier this month when Palestinian Authority police forces attacked the crew.
According to a CNN report on the incident, Wedeman and his camera man were unharmed besides “a couple of scrapes and bruises.”
Shortly after the attack, Wedeman tweeted:
Palestinian Authority police attack CNN crew in Hebron, break camera.
– benwedeman (@bencnn) June 20, 2014
His camera man, Joe Sheffer tweeted a picture of himself holding a camera which the Palestinian Authority broke.
– Joe Sheffer (@JoeSheffer) June 20, 2014
The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has launched a massive search effort over the last eight days which has included limiting entry and exit into the West Bank city as well performing random, often violent searches on the population.
Tensions have been mounting considerably over the last week. The news crew was reporting on a demonstration against the Israeli Defense Force at a local mosque in Hebron. The rally, organized by Hamas, was started in support of the hunger striking Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails.
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