French journalist wounded in Gaza gunfire

18th December 2006, Comments 0 comments

GAZA CITY, Dec 17, 2006 (AFP) - A veteran French journalist working for the Paris newspaper Libération was wounded Sunday during gun-battles between rival Palestinian factions in Gaza City.

GAZA CITY, Dec 17, 2006 (AFP) - A veteran French journalist working for the Paris newspaper Libération was wounded Sunday during gun-battles between rival Palestinian factions in Gaza City.

Didier François, 46, who has covered numerous conflicts around the world during more than two decades with the paper, received a bullet to his leg, he told AFP at a Gaza hospital.

He suffered a fracture and was taken by ambulance to Israel for treatment.

François was reporting on heavy exchanges of gunfire between supporters of president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah faction and the ruling Hamas movement around the presidential compound and was about to leave the area when he was shot.

A native of Marseilles, in the south of France, he has covered numerous conflicts around the world, including Iraq, Kosovo, Chechnya and South Africa.

Meanwhile a Palestinian cameraman working for France 2 television was briefly detained by gunmen loyal to Hamas as he filmed the gun-battles around the presidential compound.

He was eventually released but his tape was confiscated.

Copyright AFP

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