WAFA

October 28, 2000, in Bethlehem, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

On or about October 18, Al-Tineh, a reporter with the official Palestinian National Authority (PNA) news agency WAFA, was seriously wounded in an explosion at a PNA security post in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. The source of the explosion was unclear, but CPJ sources said it was an accidental blast and not the result of a hostile act, such as shelling.

On October 28, Al-Tineh died from his injuries at a hospital in Amman, Jordan.

Some journalists reported that Al-Tineh was on assignment when he was wounded. A number of CPJ sources, however, said the journalist had been paying a social visit to his brother, who apparently worked at the security post, when the explosion occurred.


Motive Unconfirmed: CPJ is investigating to determine whether the death was work-related.


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