A Canadian Palestinian citizen journalist who was missing for more than two weeks and feared dead has been found alive in Gaza.
Mansour Shouman, who reaches millions of English-speakers through daily social media updates about the conflict, posted a new video on Tuesday in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.
“More than two weeks ago, one early morning, I was out with a team of volunteers to check on the progress of the tent project in the West,” Schumann said in a video shot outside Nasser Hospital. Told.
He said the team left behind all electronic equipment and separated them from friends and family to make it difficult for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to track them.
Schoman said that while trekking, his team came under sniper fire and was surrounded by tanks, forcing them to flee to survive.
“We’ve been running from house to house for the last two weeks because we had to run for cover,” he said in a video posted on Instagram.
“I would like to thank the whole team. I would like to thank my family for all the support they have shown us over the past four months and for the work that has continued over the past two weeks and needs to continue. “I want to thank you,” he said.
Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly said she had discussed Mr. Schuman’s plight with Israeli Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz and Canadian diplomats in Ramallah, West Bank, and said she hoped to speak with Mr. Mansour’s mother later on Tuesday.
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Shadi Thakur, a member of the Canadian volunteer team that helps Showman post online videos, told CBC News last month that she last heard from Showman on Jan. 21 at 3:02 p.m. ET), and said Khan then sent the video back to him. Eunice.
Sakr and Zaheera Soumar, another member of the Canadian team supporting Schumann, previously told the media that witnesses had reported seeing Schumann being detained by the IDF. , Tuesday’s video made no mention of that, instead saying he and his team spent two days on the road for several weeks.
Soumer told CBC News on Tuesday that his team first contacted Mansour on Feb. 5 and informed the federal government and the National Council of Muslims of Canada before posting Mansour’s video. He said he did. He said his team would work with the federal government to ensure Mansour’s safety.
decide to stay behind
Showman has been a Canadian citizen since 2006. Two of his five children were born in Canada, but the family returned to the Palestinian territories last year after spending seven years in Calgary to be closer to family.
In November, Sjoman’s wife and children fled the besieged Palestinian territory to the United Arab Emirates. The showman decided to stay.
The showman’s decision to remain during the ongoing war was based on many factors. Because he lives in a Western country and can communicate in English, he said, he felt the need to remain in Gaza and tell the outside world what was happening.
Since then, he has provided daily updates on the conflict on social media, reaching millions of English speakers. He also spoke to a number of Western media outlets, including CBC News.
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