Hadi Al Abdullah

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Hadi Al Abdullah
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Hadi Al Abdullah
Born (1987-05-08) May 8, 1987 (age 32)
OccupationJournalist, activist
Years active2011–present
WebsiteHadi Al Abdullah

Hadi Al Abdullah (Arabic: هادي العبدالله‎; born 8 May 1987) is a Syrian citizen journalist and activist who has risen to prominence through his coverage of the Syrian Civil War.[2].

Personal life[edit]

Al Abdullah grew up in Al Qusair, Homs to a lower-middle-class family. He holds a bachelor's degree in Nursing from Tishreen University in Lattakia city. When the Syrian revolution started, he was working on his master's degree in Emergency Room Nursing, and thus he left his studies to join other activists in their civil activities.[3][4]


During his masters preparation, Al Abdullah was studying at Tishreen University. However, in 2011, he left the university and started working first in the distribution of humanitarian aid materials to people, as well as nursing the wounded in field hospitals.[4] Later on, however, he moved to media activism, and due to the pressure it imposed and time it demanded, he had to keep his focus on media and leave all other activities. Currently, Al Abdullah is based in the Idlib Governorate in Syria and is a regular correspondent of television stations and a social media reporter.[5]

On September 2, 2012, Hadi reported on the Farouq Brigades explosive Tunnel warfare targeting the Al Qusair National Hospital.[6][7][original research?] On September 8, 2012, Hadi published a video explaining how to distinguish between adulterated filling and proper stuffing on a Rocket-propelled grenade.[8][original research?]

On May 20, 2013, Hadi published front-line footage of rebels responding to Hezbollah during the Battle of al-Qusayr (2013).[9][10][original research?]

In November 2013, Al Abdullah got injured during coverage of battles in Damascus countryside.[11][original research?]

In March 2015, Al Abdullah covered for Al Jazeera the celebration of International Women's Day in the Idlib Governorate.[12]

On August 10, 2015, Hadi and Bilal Abdul Kareem[13] published front-line footage of the Army of Conquest blowing up a tunnel in the town of Al-Fu'ah during the Siege of al-Fu'ah and Kafriya.[14][15][original research?]

On November 22, 2015, he covered the release of six Syrian nuns from the regime's prison in an exchange for the bodies of soldiers of the regime's army.[16][original research?]

In December 2015, he was invited along with few other journalists to interview Abu Mohammad al-Julani, the leader of al-Nusra Front, in a very rare interview.[17][original research?]

In January 2016, Hadi Al Abdullah and his colleague journalist and activist Raed Al Fares, were arrested by Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaeda affiliate after a raid on their opposition radio station.[18][19][20] Both were later released after spending several hours in the Al-Nusra's custody, the release deal included that Hadi Al Abdullah confess that Al Fares's Facebook post was a violation of Sharia, while Jabhat al-Nusra acknowledged that the raid was wrong and agreed to return all equipment, with compensation for any damage.[21]

On March 4, 2016, Abdullah was one of the speakers at a 13th Division (Syrian rebel group) demonstration in Maarrat al-Nu'man.[22][original research?]

On June 14, 2016, Abdullah was injured by a Russian bombing in Aleppo.[23]

On June 17, 2016, Al Abdullah and his cameraman Khaled Al-Issa were critically injured by a blast from an improvised explosive device in an assassination attempt at their apartment in Aleppo. Abdullah suffered fractures to his left leg, jaw and eye, while Khaled Al-Issa was in a coma after injures to his abdomen and head. They were moved to a hospital in Turkey for treatment.[24] Al-Issa succumbed to his injuries on June 24, 2016.[25]

On November 7, 2016, in the Reporters Without Borders/TV5 Monde Press Freedom Prize, Hadi Abdullah was awarded the prize in the journalist category.[26]

On December 19, 2016, Abdullah interviewed Bana al-Abed after evacuating Aleppo.[27][original research?]

On January 12, 2017, he interviewed Ahrar al-Sham Commander-in-Chief Ali Abu Ammar al-Omar.[28][original research?]

On January 11, 2018, Hadi reported on the Sham Legion launching a counter-attack in the countryside of Idlib and Hama.[29]

On February 3, 2018, Hadi reported from the wreckage of a Russian Su-25 shot down by Tahrir al-Sham fighters with a MANPAD.[30]


  1. ^ Al Abdullah, Balagh For Media (December 12, 2014). "Watch: Revolution, Broadcasting Live". Balagh. Retrieved December 24, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Rollins, Tom (23 May 2016). "Hadi al-Abdallah: The man documenting Syria's Civil War". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  3. ^ Al Jazeera English on the situation in Homs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAMCWjawQWQ
  4. ^ a b Homs: The New Capital of Citizen Journalism, The Ambassadors, vol 15 no 22, August 2012
  5. ^ Abdulrahim, Raja; Ballout, Dana (29 February 2016). "Airstrikes Resume Amid Shaky Syria Truce". Retrieved 10 September 2016 – via Wall Street Journal.
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXEQY8kiD6g&t=116
  7. ^ https://goo.gl/maps/vr7p5gqFiYs
  8. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs8uAdINyz8
  9. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwh4qdYV4xA
  10. ^ https://b.doko.moe/wrmxfk.mp4
  11. ^ "لحظة إصابة الناشط هادي العبد الله بقصف الطيران الحربي أثناء المعركة". Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Syrians mark Women's Day in Idlib cellar". Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  13. ^ https://twitter.com/BilalKareem
  14. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHQ6UEohN-4
  15. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm6ayENyY5w
  16. ^ هادي العبدالله Hadi Alabdallah (22 November 2015). "نظام الأسد يطلق سراح 6 أسيرات من سجونه مقابل استلامه جثث قتلاه في مدينة مروك بريف حماة". Retrieved 10 September 2016 – via YouTube.
  17. ^ Orient News (13 December 2015). "كواليس لقاء قائد النصرة يرويها هادي العبد الله وماهو السؤال الذي حذفته الجبهة بالمونتاج؟- هنا سوريا". Retrieved 10 September 2016 – via YouTube.
  18. ^ "Al-Nusra seizes two Syrian activists 'for broadcasting music'". 10 January 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  19. ^ "Nusra raids Idlib radio station". Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  20. ^ "Al-Qaeda's Syrian branch seize citizen journalists". Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  21. ^ "Jabhat al-Nusra Detains, Releases Leading Activists in Idlib Province". EA Worldview. January 10, 2016.
  22. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mXtiylYwdI
  23. ^ Ivan Sidorenko (14 June 2016). "Syria, Aleppo, Militant Activist Hadi Abdullah Injured by Aerial Bomb Today". Retrieved 10 September 2016 – via YouTube.
  24. ^ "Syrian journalists critically injured in bomb attack on home - Committee to Protect Journalists". Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  25. ^ "Prominent Syrian activist Khaled Issa dies after blast hits his home". Al-Arabiya. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  26. ^ "2016 2016 RSF-TV5 Monde Press Freedom Prize: Prize awarded to Syrian and Chinese journalists, website". RSF. 7 November 2016.
  27. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=484kNkBnh5w
  28. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wt9sXloBfdA
  29. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fP-nTLYtCGk
  30. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7G92t2MXBY

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