July 23, 2014
A journalist for BBC Arabic was assaulted live on air as he reported from the Gaza border.
Remarkably Firas al-Khatib managed to keep his cool and cut back to the studio without missing a beat.
Firas al-Khatib: “Yes, we have been at the Gaza Strip border, where the bombing has continued since midnight yesterday, in addition to….
[assault takes place, he is called ibn sharmoot, “son of a bitch”]
Firas al-Khatib: “We will take a break. There appear to be Israelis facing us now.”
Anchor: “Yes, I agree.”
Meanwhile, Al-Jazeera evacuated its bureau in Gaza City after it came under fire on Tuesday, with the Qatar-based broadcaster appearing to blame the Israeli army.
“Two very precise shots were fired straight into our building,” said Al-Jazeera’s reporter in Gaza Stefanie Dekker.