November 19th, 2012
08:09 PM ET

Reports from CNN on the ground in the Gaza-Israel conflict

Editor's note: CNN has crews in Israel, Gaza and around the region reporting on the latest attacks, talks and fallout from the upsurge in the Gaza-Israel conflict, which has lasted nearly a week. Here are some of their stories: 

Arwa Damon in Gaza

[Updated 8:40 a.m. ET Tuesday]



Anderson Cooper in Gaza

[Updated 8:38 a.m. ET Tuesday]




Wolf Blitzer in Beer Sheva, Israel

[Updated 8:34 a.m. Tuesday ET]


Anderson Cooper in Gaza City

[Updated 10:09 p.m. ET]


[Updated 7:01 p.m. ET]


[Updated 5:20 p.m. ET]

Tune in to CNN tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. ET for a special edition of AC360°.  Anderson Cooper hosts live from Gaza.

[Updated at 9:32 a.m. ET] 

"This is a very densely packed city - 1.7 million people. No matter where you are, you are very close to rockets being fired - you see them being fired, sometimes you just hear them, oftentimes you see them flying up, you see the smoke trail and so for residents here it is a very dangerous time. "

Wolf Blitzer in Ashkelon, Israel

[Updated 3:42 p.m. ET]

CNN's Linda Roth, a producer out in the field with Wolf Blitzer in Ashkelon, Israel, shot a video today as she and the crew ran for shelter while sirens blared.

"The sirens went off minutes after we arrived. The camera was hanging around my neck,' she said.

[Updated at 7:49 a.m. ET]



Wolf Blitzer interview Mayor Benny Vaknin in Ashkelon, Israel.

Wolf Blitzer in Jerusalem

[Updated at 11:30 a.m. ET] 


Frederik Pleitgen in Okafim, Israel

[Updated at 10:45 a.m. ET] 

"This town … on the border (of Gaza and Israel) is directly in the line of fire - especially from these very short-range rockets.

“This is something that is very common for the people here.”

Ben Wedeman in Gaza City

[Updated 6:17 p.m. ET]


[Updated at 9:47 a.m. ET] 


Arwa Damon in Gaza City

[Updated 6:39 p.m. ET]


[Updated at 8:40 a.m. ET] 


Anderson Cooper in Gaza City

[Updated at 8:11 a.m. ET] 


Frederik Pleitgen in Beersheva, Israel

[Updated at 5:42 a.m. ET] 


Arwa Damon in Gaza City

[Updated at 5:25 a.m.ET] 


Filed under: CNN on the ground • Gaza • Israel
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Mark

    This has been going on since the day I was born 45 years ago. I say whatever, let these stone age people kill each other. I'm trying to look forward to the future where humanity has realized it one species on a spec of dust floating in the cosmos. There is no room for this childish behavior in that future.

    November 19, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • BD70

      For sure. Where will we go if they succeed in destroying this planet?

      November 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachael

      Thank you Mark! I am sick of it too! All my life in the US has been about this war that has been going on too long! I am against either side and believe the US should pull out any and all americans and spend our monies at home for our own citizens!

      November 19, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • coyote

      yes Mark, love and peace in our hearts and healing in the energy we send you. – we are a mere spec –

      November 20, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Benn

    I really don't think so. GOD loves you and everyone.

    November 19, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mayo

    it is clear there is an ongoing tension between the two countries for decades but this current bloody situation wouldn't happen if Gaza didn't surprise Israel by firing rockets on its cities.....

    November 19, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. E.Cotter

    Don't the Arabs remember the 6 Day War? They will not win. Israel gave Gaza, but peace is not what the Arabs want, they want genocide. God made Promises to Israel, "I will bless those who bless you and I will curse those who curse you."

    November 19, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • coyote

      God would never choose sides, what kind of a God would that be? a man made one. Oh Mr Cotter, Mr Cotter, you might have a golden cow there? 'Cause God loves everybody, and is made out of love. –

      November 20, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. laura

    If Hamas rains rockets down on Israel, they will respond. If Hamas places rocket launchers near hospital and schools, then people near those locations will be hurt or killed when the predictable response comes. Iranian rockets are threatening Tel Aviv – how can anyone expect Israel not to protect themselves.

    November 19, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mark W

    The land was promised to the children of Israel by God. The god of Abraham, the one and only God the same God in the Quoran in which Jesus is mentioned more than Mohamed. Those who comit evil in Gods name will have to explaine themselves in the end.

    November 20, 2012 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
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      November 20, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. KOSS

    ISREAL will never no peace until she admmited all her wrong doing . year 2008, Palestian only had short range missiles, but tday, she have long range that can destroying tel aviv, jerusalem nd even all America bastation in the middle east......

    November 20, 2012 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. blah blah

    Fictional characters can't make or deliver promises.

    November 20, 2012 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. Juan in El Paso

    Based on the info – Hammas is firing rockets at Isreal and hiding thier batteries near schools and hospitals! Sounds to me like Hammas is a bunch of cowards hidding behind children.

    November 20, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. Thomas

    I find it funny that people claiming media siding with Palestinians are accepting news from their preferred media. This happened with the election and people were OH SO SHOCKED Romney lost. My media said he'd win! It's the other medias fault!

    Try seeing conflict from both sides. Israel has a heavily funded military operation and comparing them with Palestinians is like comparing a cruise missile and a cannon.

    Search white phosphorus on google images and see what they have been shooting into civilian centers.

    November 20, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. KEVIN21261

    Netanyahu started this on purpose to get Obama's attention. Netanyahu truly is that sociopathic. He knew exactly how Hamas was going to react when he killed their miltary leader in public in the middle of the street with a large bomb.

    November 20, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. nour

    what ara you saying people are you crazy ,how people take land not for them is good people and poeple who defending there land and there people are bad people .are you crazy. you want plalsitens dead and kill by israel and be happy .you dont want them to protect themsleves. are you crazy people. . please read history .

    November 20, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    I believe there's a simple solution to this conflict after half a century of no progress. So what's the solution? Well, the Muslim/Arab countries in the regions who are always sympathetic and supportive of Palestine always seem to take a backseat and remain silent when it comes to trying to help resolve the conflict. So what I say to the United Nations is to gather all world leaders and draft 12 resolutions. Then invite all the Arab nations to the UN and have them vote on the 12 resolutions and decide which one of the 12 resolutions is more suitable to their liking. Finally, invite Israel and Palestine to the floor and present them with the findings of the nations in the region. Then let both Israel and Palestine vote on these 12 resolutions themselves to see where they disagree and where they find common ground. However, if they don't agrre to these 12 resolutions or any of the 12, then present them with 2 more resolutions and let them vote on these. Then if they still disagree, present them with 1 final resolution. Hey, we can't just talk! We've been there and done that. So lets draw up some maps and present some resolutions for the two factions to vote on and see where they find common ground and let these discussions be broadcasted live for the whole world to see .Finally, these resolutions must include check marks meaning that all the Aram/Muslim nations involved including Palestine must indicate whether or not they agree with Israel's right to exist. I say let's call a cease fire and give it a try.

    November 20, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. fazeel bin Abdul jabbar fb

    coward Israels. killing children and women ....
    Israel is a Coward uncivilized country ....
    Israel, peoplewill pay for what you are doing now...
    ! Inshah Allah...!!!!

    November 20, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark W

      The cowardly palistintians fire unguided rockets and hide behind children. Israel doesn't brainwash idiots into strapping bombs on themselves and murder women and children in Gods name.

      November 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. raphael semel

    Israel knows very well the background and history of Middle East countries and how it foresees these countries reactions towards Israeli. Israel believes certain countries in the Middle East if have accessed to high powerful weapons or nuclear weapons will attack Israel. Therefore, Israel is trying its very best those countries should and must not have accessed to weapons of mess destructions.

    November 20, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
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