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July 23, 2014

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BBC Arabic journalist assaulted during live Gaza report, just gets on with it


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.

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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.