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Mansour Shouman lived in Calgary for more than seven years before moving to Gaza almost a year ago.

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A Canadian-Palestinian journalist, missing for more than two weeks, has reappeared alive in Gaza.

Mansour Shouman, who was making a documentary on the ;humanitarian aid intended for victims of the war raging in Gaza, had not received any news since January 21.

According to his relatives, who are in Calgary, Mr. Shouman had been seen at Nasser Hospital in Khan Younes, in the south of the Gaza Strip, before his disappearance. Witnesses said he was captured by the Israeli army, but these reports have not been confirmed.

Tuesday, Mr. Shouman reappeared in a video in which he claims to be in Khan Younès.

More than two weeks ago, early in the morning, I went out with a team of volunteers […] to check the progress of our tent [installation] project in the west of the city, said the journalist in the clip of more than 5 minutes, published on the X platform.

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He claims to have gone out without his phone or any electronic equipment, as we usually do so as not to be spotted by the Israeli army. However, his team came under sniper fire, forcing them to flee.

We had to run for shelter and for two weeks we have been going from house to house, he further explained.

Mr. Shouman has been a Canadian citizen since 2006. Two of his five children were born in Canada, but the family moved to Gaza a year ago, after seven years living in Calgary.

In November, Mr. Shouman's wife and their children were able to flee the besieged Palestinian territory for the United Arab Emirates. Mr. Shouman, however, decided to stay in the Gaza Strip.

At the end of January, Global Affairs Canada claimed to be aware of the disappearance of ;a Canadian in Gaza. The ministry said it is monitoring the situation closely and is in contact with Mr. Shouman's relatives.

As of Tuesday, the ministry had not yet reacted to the video confirming the journalist's reappearance.

With information from CBC

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