Maher Abdelaziz, an engineer for the pro-opposition channel Orient TV, was injured in a rocket attack on February 19, 2018, in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta area outside of Damascus, according to his employer and the Syrian Journalists Association.
Abdelaziz said he had just finished live broadcasting airstrikes and shelling from al-Assad- aligned forces on the town of Hamumouriyeh, and was traveling to Mesraba, a neighboring town, when shrapnel from a rocket explosion hit him.
“I saw some rockets falling on the road. A surface-to-surface rocket exploded next to our mobile unit, and I was hit by shrapnel in the back of my head and my right foot. My friends sustained minor injuries,” Abdelaziz said referring to his two civilian friends Nizar al-Turk and Mohammad Mar’o who were in the vehicle with him at the time of the rocket attack.
Abdelaziz said their vehicle crashed as a result of the explosion, and they ran to hide in a nearby river where at approximately 30 rounds of RPGs were fired at Abdelaziz. The engineer said he hid for two and a half hours before walking a kilometer to a nearby ambulance station.
Medics took Abdelaziz to a medical point in Hammouriyeh for treatment and was discharged the next day, Abdelaziz said.
Eastern Ghouta has been under constant shelling, airstrikes, and rocket fire from al-Assad forces and their allies since February 18, 2018 to the date of publication, according to news reports. The London-based human rights group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at 250 people.