Israeli journalist wounded in Georgia

Wednesday, August 13, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

An award-winning Israeli journalist was seriously wounded by a Russian mortar shell in Georgia on Tuesday.

Tzadok Yehezkeli, a reporter for Israel's Yediot Ahronot newspaper, was traveling through the center of the Georgian town of Gori with a group of Dutch journalists when the shell hit.

Yehezkeli suffered serious shrapnel wounds to his chest and abdomen, and a Dutch colleague was killed.

The incident occurred as international media reported that Gori was being overrun by Russian forces, and that Georgian civilians and soldiers were fleeing from the besieged city.

Yehezkeli was evacuated to a hospital in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, where two top Israeli doctors met him and transported him back to Israel. He is currently listed in serious condition at Jerusalem's Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.

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