Reporter Wounded in Georgia Arrives Home

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Tsadok Yehezkeli, a senior reporter for the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot who was critically wounded in Georgia by shrapnel from a Russian artillery shell, arrived home Wednesday morning.

Yehezkeli, who was sent to the city of Gori to cover the war, was hit while traveling in a convoy with other journalists.

A Dutch photographer, who was sitting next to Yehezkeli, died from his wounds.

Israel Channel 10 reporter Or Heller, also in Georgia to cover the fighting, witnessed the shelling.

"He paid a heavy price for his courage," Heller said.

Following the incident, Israel sent Dr. Avi Rivkind, head of Hadassah University Medical Center's surgery and trauma unit, and Dr. Micha Shamir, of the anesthesiology and intensive care unit, to help the Georgian surgical team at the hospital in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.

In 2002, Yehezkeli was awarded the Sokolov Prize for investigative journalism by the Israeli Press Committee.

Sources: Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post

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