BBC’s Jeremy Bowen successfully treated after being shot in Egypt

Corporation’s Middle East editor has operation to remove shotgun pellets that hit his head while he was covering protests

The BBC’s Middle East editor, Jeremy Bowen, has had an operation to remove shotgun pellets in his head. He received the injury on Friday while covering protests across Egypt.

Bowen tweeted about the successful operation earlier on Thursday morning.

The 53-year-old already appears to be in good spirits, and after BBC Bureau Chief Simon Wilson said, “hope you get a chance to watch some #ashes cricket as you recuperate!”, Bowen responded: “that is today’s plan.”

News of Bowen’s injury also came through a tweet on Friday that showed his head covered in a bandage, with a patch of blood on his left cheek.

The respected journalist has been covering the unfolding events in Egypt and has pointed to the need for “cool heads on Twitter”, adding that he has not “spotted any yet”.

After Bowen received his injury, a BBC spokesperson said on Friday: “He was treated at the scene for minor injuries and has gone back to his hotel for more treatment. We expect him to be reporting again soon.”

Bowen has spent a number of years covering the Middle East and prior to being made editor in 2005, he was based in Jerusalem from 1995 to 2000, as a correspondent in the region.

The BBC had not responded to a request for comment at the time of publication.

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