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NBC News Reporter Returning To Gaza After Anger Over His Removal

Veteran war reporter Ayman Mohyeldin announced Friday he was heading back to Gaza. Mohyeldin's coverage of the conflict in the region went viral Wednesday after he live-tweeted an Israeli airstrike that killed four children in Gaza.

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Veteran war correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin announced via Twitter that NBC News had reversed course and was sending him back to Gaza.

Thanks for all the support. Im returning to #Gaza to report. Proud of NBC's continued commitment to cover the #Palestinian side of the story

Ayman Mohyeldin@AymanM

Thanks for all the support. Im returning to #Gaza to report. Proud of NBC's continued commitment to cover the #Palestinian side of the story

4:31 PM - 18 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

NBC News issued a statement Friday evening confirming Mohyeldin's redeployment and praising his work:

Ayman Mohyeldin has done extraordinary reporting throughout the escalation of the conflict in Gaza, filing 25+ reports over the past 17 days, including his invaluable and well-documented contribution to the story on the deaths of the four Palestinian children on Wednesday. As with any news team in conflict zones, deployments are constantly reassessed. We've carefully considered our deployment decisions and we will be sending Ayman back to Gaza over the weekend. We look forward to his contributions in the coming days.

NBC pulled veteran war correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin from Gaza on Thursday — a day after he live-tweeted an Israeli airstrike in Gaza that killed four children — citing "security concerns," according to The Intercept.

Mohyeldin has covered the Middle East extensively for over a decade, and reported for major news organizations like CNN, NBC, and Al Jazeera English. Mohyeldin was one of the only foreign correspondents reporting from Gaza during the 2008 Gaza War, winning awards for his Al Jazeera English coverage. He joined NBC after reporting on the Arab Spring from Cairo in 2011 for Al Jazeera.

On Wednesday, Mohyeldin was one of a number of foreign journalists who witnessed an Israeli air strike kill four children near his hotel in Gaza. He shared photos and personal testimonies of the gruesome incident on Twitter in posts that quickly went viral.

4 Palestinian kids killed in a single Israeli airstrike. Minutes before they were killed by our hotel, I was kicking a ball with them #gaza

Ayman Mohyeldin@AymanM

4 Palestinian kids killed in a single Israeli airstrike. Minutes before they were killed by our hotel, I was kicking a ball with them #gaza

10:34 AM - 16 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A #Palestinian mother reacts to the news that her son was one of 4 boys killed in Israeli shelling of #gaza seaport

Ayman Mohyeldin@AymanM

A #Palestinian mother reacts to the news that her son was one of 4 boys killed in Israeli shelling of #gaza seaport

11:00 AM - 16 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

On Wednesday evening, NBC had another correspondent, Richard Engel, cover the story from Tel Aviv. NBC aired a pre-recorded interview with Mohyeldin on the day's killings in a later broadcast. Several NBC employees were angry that Mohyeldin had been sidelined from the story, according to MediaBistro.

Mohyeldin tweeted out a statement critical of the State Department's response to the violence in Gaza that has since been deleted, causing some on Twitter to question whether NBC censored him. BuzzFeed has reached out to NBC for comment.

These factual posts, which went viral, have since been deleted. Seems like @NBCNews censored their reporter...

Rania Khalek@RaniaKhalek

These factual posts, which went viral, have since been deleted. Seems like @NBCNews censored their reporter...

1:14 PM - 17 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

As news of Mohyeldin's removal spread, journalists and Middle East watchers were outraged at NBC's decision.

Some criticized @AymanM for leaving AJE for NBC.But he knew he'd bring the Mideast experience & guts NBC needed. That's why they pulled him.

Mona Eltahawy@monaeltahawy

Some criticized @AymanM for leaving AJE for NBC.But he knew he'd bring the Mideast experience & guts NBC needed. That's why they pulled him.

2:05 PM - 17 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

No "Western" TV journalists have covered #Gaza with more nuance and heart than @AymanM & @SherineT. In 2008, they were only ones in Gaza

jeremy scahill@jeremyscahill

No "Western" TV journalists have covered #Gaza with more nuance and heart than @AymanM & @SherineT. In 2008, they were only ones in Gaza

1:47 PM - 17 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

In 2008 I wrote about @AymanM (@NBCNews journo evicted from #Gaza) & @SherineT's brave/bold reporting http://t.co/2CbMIBPINv #LetAymanReport

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin@ASE

In 2008 I wrote about @AymanM (@NBCNews journo evicted from #Gaza) & @SherineT's brave/bold reporting http://t.co/2CbMIBPINv #LetAymanReport

1:57 PM - 17 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Remember, USA is the sort of country where great journos like @AymanM are pulled off TV because they witnessed kids being murdered in Gaza

Molly Crabapple@mollycrabapple

Remember, USA is the sort of country where great journos like @AymanM are pulled off TV because they witnessed kids being murdered in Gaza

1:50 PM - 17 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

NBC's pulling of @AymanM again illustrates old Western adage that Arab eyewitnesses can't be believed.

Chris Toensing@cjtoensing

NBC's pulling of @AymanM again illustrates old Western adage that Arab eyewitnesses can't be believed.

1:55 PM - 17 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Idea that @AymanM, one of few to report consistently from Gaza wars, being pulled for "security reasons" is laughable http://t.co/7uJbdtdKMa

Evan Hill@evanchill

Idea that @AymanM, one of few to report consistently from Gaza wars, being pulled for "security reasons" is laughable http://t.co/7uJbdtdKMa

1:17 PM - 17 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Wait -- What?? @AymanM whose NBC coverage has been stellar, pulled out of Gaza? https://t.co/nSch7KtjHq

Anne Barnard@ABarnardNYT

Wait -- What?? @AymanM whose NBC coverage has been stellar, pulled out of Gaza? https://t.co/nSch7KtjHq

1:15 PM - 17 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Even if no politics in decision to pull @AymanM from Gaza, he is far better equipped to report on the territory, where he lived for years.

Erin Cunningham@erinmcunningham

Even if no politics in decision to pull @AymanM from Gaza, he is far better equipped to report on the territory, where he lived for years.

1:10 PM - 17 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

If @AymanM was pulled for security reasons then why was @RichardEngel sent in? Is he expendable @NBCNews? #Palestine

Maysoon Zayid@maysoonzayid

If @AymanM was pulled for security reasons then why was @RichardEngel sent in? Is he expendable @NBCNews? #Palestine

2:21 PM - 17 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

One of the least biased and experienced MidEast reporters. @AymanM #Gaza

Moh Hashem@mohhashem2

One of the least biased and experienced MidEast reporters. @AymanM #Gaza

2:08 PM - 17 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

When @AymanM left AJE for NBC, he said he wants to challenge "stereotypes and misunderstandings" that Americans have about the Middle East.

Mukhtar Ibrahim@mukhtaryare

When @AymanM left AJE for NBC, he said he wants to challenge "stereotypes and misunderstandings" that Americans have about the Middle East.

2:04 PM - 17 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Pulling Ayman Mohyeldin out of Gaza is the ultimate deleted Rihanna tweet.

Tom Gara@tomgara

Pulling Ayman Mohyeldin out of Gaza is the ultimate deleted Rihanna tweet.

1:08 PM - 17 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

OK, deep-pocketed news sites trying to build a lively video operation. Let the bidding for Ayman Mohyeldin commence.

Tom Gara@tomgara

OK, deep-pocketed news sites trying to build a lively video operation. Let the bidding for Ayman Mohyeldin commence.

1:06 PM - 17 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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