- BOSTON, MA - Anthony Shadid,
a Washington-based staff writer for the Boston Globe ontemporary assignment
in the Middle East, was shot in the shoulder Sunday, March 31, 2002 while
walking along a street in the West Bank City of Ramallah. Shadid, 33, was
treated at the scene by an Israeli doctor and then taken to a nearby private
Arab hospital. He was reported to be in stable condition and his life was
not in danger.
- It is unclear who fired the shot that hit Shadid. Colleagues
in the area said there was no major fighting at the time Shadid suffered
the gunshot wound just before 5 p.m. local time, (9 a.m. EST). He was wearing
his bullet-proof vest at the time, but the bullet hit him in the back of
his right shoulder just beyond the edge of the vest, according to colleagues.
- Said al Ghazali, the Globe's bureau assistant, remained
with Shadid in the hospital. Boston Globe representatives were working
with Israeli, Palestinian and U.S. officials to arrange for Shadid's safe
transfer out of Ramallah.
- Shadid served as a correspondent for the Associated Press
news agency in Cairo from 1995 to 1999 and speaks fluent Arabic. He knows
the region thoroughly. He joined the Boston Globe in Washington in December
2000. He traveled to Israel in mid-March to bolster the Globe's coverage
of the latest upsurge in conflict.
- "Anthony has provided outstanding front-page news
reporting and analysis on the situation in Israel and the surrounding Palestinian
territories," said Gregory L. Moore, the Globe's managing editor.
"He has been driven by a personal commitment to provide fair and balanced
coverage from the Middle East, a part of the world he loves and cares deeply
about. We're grateful that Anthony was not more seriously injured. Our
interest is that he is safe and is getting the best medical care possible."
- **Said al Ghazali is the name of The Boston Globe bureau
assistant in The Middle East.