ABC journalist Adam Harvey has been hit in the neck by a stray bullet while working in the city of Marawi in the Philippines on Thursday.
Harvey was inside a compound in the Lanao del Sur Provincial Capitol safe-zone taking photos of Filipino evacuees when he was struck by the bullet, according to a CNN Philippines report.
Thanks everyone - I'm okay. Bullet is still in my neck, but it missed everything important. pic.twitter.com/PBYfdrTTa6— Adam Harvey (@adharves) June 15, 2017
Lucky. pic.twitter.com/2ZPYZfidO9— Adam Harvey (@adharves) June 15, 2017
The ABC Indonesia correspondent appears to have suffered a minor injury under his left ear from the bullet and was seen being put in a cautionary neck brace in footage taken while he was being treated in an emergency medical clinic.
"I'll be fine. They want to put me in a neck brace but I think as a precaution. It literally looks like I've been hit with a cricket ball," he said while speaking on a phone in the video.
— ABC News (@abcnews) June 15, 2017
Harvey's producer, Geoff Thomson, who was with him at the time of the incident, told the ABC's 7.30 the journalist is "as well as you could possibly be with a bullet if your neck,".
"He is doing basically anything that he would normally do. He's got a slight swelling on the side of his neck. There is some sort of vascular damage, but it is superficial," he said.
"It is just below the jawline -- we think it hit him from probably behind and came forward. In the x-ray it looks very dramatic. He's got a bullet right next to his spine, but it is really not that bad."
"How is Adam Harvey now?"— ḉħરίƨ (@crk5) June 15, 2017
"As good as a guy can be.. who has a bullet lodged in his neck." #abc730
Harvey, the son of the late Nine News veteran journalist Peter Harvey, has been in Marawi reporting on an Islamic State occupation of the city in which civilians have been killed during military attempts to recover the location.
Came across a murder on the drive out of Marawi tonight Brutal times in the Philippines. pic.twitter.com/0TXqN4bqd7— Adam Harvey (@adharves) June 14, 2017
Philippine Scout Rangers celebrate after taking an enemy position in Marawi. Four soldiers KIA pic.twitter.com/4pI4Mdiwmv— Adam Harvey (@adharves) June 14, 2017
This seems unwise from the Philippine army. This is what IS fighters want - the battle for Marawi seen as a religious war pic.twitter.com/MzdbFNRIQL— Adam Harvey (@adharves) June 14, 2017
The Christians who escaped Marawi today yelled 'Allah akhbar' as they fled. It didn't stop ISIS from shooting at them as they ran. Two hit. pic.twitter.com/jmp7uJxgLA— Adam Harvey (@adharves) June 13, 2017
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