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Palestinian journalist Hassan Shelan’s home bombed

Tuesday , 22 June 2021

At about 11 p.m. on June 17, 2021, a bomb exploded on the second floor of Palestinian freelance journalist Hassan Shelan’s home in the Arab-majority city of Baqa al-Gharbiyye, causing severe damage to the building but resulting in no injuries, according to posts by the journalist on Twitter, a report by his employer, the Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronot’s news website Ynet, and a statement by the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom, a regional press freedom group.


Police told Shelan, who covers Arab affairs for Ynet, that two unidentified people on a motorcycle stopped near his home, one of them jumped over a fence and planted the bomb, and then fled the scene, according to Ynet and Skeyes.


Previously, on June 3, two masked gunmen shot at Shelan’s house and car in the Arab-majority city of Taibeh, as CPJ documented at the time. Police are investigating both the shooting and the bombing, but have made no arrests, according to Ynet and the journalist’s tweets. 

 

In images Shelan posted with his tweets, his home can be seen with extensive damage as a result of the explosion, including a partly collapsed wall. He told Skeyes that he and his family were not home when the bomb exploded, adding, “We are in a state of anxiety and tension, because we don’t know who is targeting us.”

 

Shelan’s most recent work for Ynet before the attack was a June 1 audio report about Arab workers who were allegedly fired from a grocery store for their political activity. In a June 19 tweet, Shelan said he did not know who the perpetrators are or what they want from him, but wrote that he would continue his work.

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