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Issam Hamza Tillawi, Voice of Palestine
22 September 2002

Voice of Palestine journalist and presenter Issam Hamza Tillawi was shot in the back of the head as he was reporting on a Palestinian demonstration in Ramallah during the night of 21-22 September.

Tillawi, equipped with a tape-recorder, notebook and bag, left his home in Beitunia, near Ramallah, near midnight on 21 September to cover protests by thousands of Palestinians that were starting in the streets of West Bank and Gaza Strip towns against the Israeli army’s siege of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s headquarters in Ramallah.

The chief editor of the Voice of Palestine, who was with him, said Tillawi was wearing a jacket marked "press." When he got to the demonstrations in the centre of Ramallah, Tillawi mingled with the crowd to record the views of the protesters. Israeli troops then reportedly fired teargas grenades and as Tillawi was running from the scene he was hit by a shot that witnesses said came from an Israeli sniper on top of a building.