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Heba Fahmi Youssef Akila

Sector : Media, Journalists

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Female
  • Born in: 1971
  • Age: 53
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Heba Fahmi Youssef Akila, also known as Umm Muhannad, was born on August 9, 1971, in the Gaza Strip. She is a Palestinian journalist who has made significant contributions to Palestinian media. Heba is recognized as one of the pioneers of journalistic work in Palestine.
Her career in journalism began in 1994 when she joined the Voice of Palestine Radio shortly after its founding. Just two months later, she transitioned to the Palestine Satellite Channel, where she served as a news anchor and program presenter. Her work at these media outlets helped establish her reputation as a talented journalist with a strong commitment to providing accurate and informative news coverage.
In 2003, Heba took on a new role as a field correspondent for Al Jazeera, one of the most prominent news organizations in the region. As a correspondent based in the Gaza Strip, she reported on various events and developments, providing valuable insights and perspectives to viewers around the world.
Heba's dedication to her profession and her ability to report from the front lines of conflict earned her respect and admiration within the journalistic community. Her work has helped shed light on the experiences of Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and has contributed to a better understanding of the complex political and social issues facing the region.
It is worth noting that Heba comes from a family with a history of service and sacrifice. Her father, retired police major general Fahmi Youssef Akila, also known as Abu Ihab, was forced to leave his home in Jaffa during the 1948 Nakba. Despite facing personal challenges and hardships, Heba has continued to pursue her passion for journalism and has made significant contributions to Palestinian media.
Heba is married and has three children, balancing her professional career with her responsibilities as a mother. Her dedication to her family and her work exemplifies her resilience and determination to make a difference through journalism.


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