Despite the extensive material damage, there were no injuries as the reporter and his family haven't yet moved in to their new house.
However, they were in the house when, in a separate attack, two masked men opened fire at their current home two weeks earlier. Three of the bullets hit the childrens' room, fortunately without causing any injury.
The journalist, who works for Yediot Aharonot, has often investigated and reported on organized crime in Israeli Arab cities. Recently he covered the violence during the Israeli military operation "Guardian of the walls".
For Hassan Shaalan, there is no doubt that these attacks are targeted and linked to his journalistic work. During the armed attack, he had heard the assailants shouting his name.
As he said shortly afterward: “These criminals wanted to send a message — you better keep your mouth shut. They don't want us to report on what's going on in Arab society. I'm not afraid of anyone. I keep working as usual”. The Israeli police have opened an investigation into the shooting and the explosion, but no suspects have been arrested at this time.
IFJ General Secretary, Anthony Bellanger, said: “The Israeli authorities must ensure that these attacks are thoroughly investigated and that the attackers are punished for their crimes. We stand in solidarity with Hassan Shaalan and call on the authorities to protect his life.”