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Turkish journalists attacked in Georgia

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  • One reporter was shot in the head, but his injuries were not life-threatening
  • Another reporter for Georgian public television was shot during a live report
  • She was shot in the arm and continued her live report
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(CNN) -- Video that aired on a Turkish television network Thursday showed reporters from two stations ducking for cover and saying their last prayers as their vehicle came under attack in Georgia.

One reporter was shot in the head in the attack, which happened Sunday, but his injuries were not considered life-threatening. All the journalists involved were safely back in Turkey on Thursday.

It's one of several incidents in which journalists have been caught in the shooting between Georgian and Russian forces.

The crews, from Turkish networks NTV and Kanal Turk, were traveling from Gori, in Georgia, to the South Ossetian city of Tshinvali when video shows bullets striking their vehicle.

The network NTV told CNN it was unclear who fired on the vehicle, striking journalist Levent Ozturk in his left eye.

The group Human Rights Watch said Thursday that troops from Georgia and Russia appear to have caused civilian casualties through indiscriminate attacks in Gori and Tshinvali.

"Friends, I got hit on the head," Ozturk shouts in the video. "I am OK now, but in a few minutes ... ." Video Watch the Turkish press under attack »

The four journalists begin reciting a Muslim last prayer. Then they wave through the shattered sunroof of their truck and shout "Press! Press!" in English.

The Istanbul-based reporters were taken to a makeshift, underground hospital in Tshinvali.


On Thursday, meanwhile, a reporter for Georgian public television was shot in the arm during a live report. Video Watch report where journalist was shot »

After being hit, she walked to a news van and was fitted with a bulletproof vest as the camera rolled. She continued her report and said the shot appeared to come from a Russian-controlled area.

CNN's Talia Kayali contributed to this report

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