Skype Interview Interrupted by Gaza Bomb Blast
A Skype interview between CNN’s Isha Sesay, Israeli citizen and Ashkelon resident Nissim Nahoom, and Mohammed Sulaiman, a Palestinian resident of Gaza, was suddenly interrupted by repeated bomb blasts.
The two interviewees live on the two sides of the Israeli, Gaza strip border, separated only by a 15 minute drive, the CNN anchor notes. After the first few blasts, Sulaiman tried to keep talking and ignoring them, until a louder one gets him offline and interrupts the call.
“You can hear everything,” says Sulaiman after the blasts go off. “What was that noise we just heard?” asks the anchor.
The simultaneous Skype interviews were set up by CNN as a way to underscore the dangers or regular people who live on the front lines of the conflict that renewed Wednesday with the assassination of Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari, the head of Hamas’ military wing. The airstrike has been followed by Hamas militants launching missiles towards Israeli cities as well as subsequent bombings by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in Gaza.
The IDF has used social media to basically live-tweet the conflict as well as post videos of its airstrike on YouTube. At the same time the Israeli authorities have asked their citizens not to tweet where Hamas’ missiles hit to avoid giving the group information they could use for their next targets.
Watch the scary footage in the video embedded below. The blasts start right after the 2:50 mark.
Photo courtesy of Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images