Reports from CNN on the ground in the Gaza-Israel conflict
A bomb exploded on a bus in Tel Aviv as it passed by Israeli army headquarters around noon local time Wednesday.
November 21st, 2012
06:17 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 hours-old cease-fire and fallout from the upsurge in the Gaza-Israel conflict, which extended eight days. Here are some of their stories:

Arwa Damon and Ben Wedeman in Gaza

[Updated 6:17 p.m. ET Wednesday]



Arwa Damon and Ben Wedeman in Gaza

[Updated 3:20 p.m. ET Wednesday]

People in Gaza are celebrating the cease-fire, CNN's Arwa Damon and Ben Wedeman report.







Arwa Damon in Gaza

[Updated 1:57 p.m. ET Wednesday]

More activity ahead of the 2 p.m. ET (9 p.m. local) cease-fire, this time blasts hitting Gaza, Arwa Damon reports:


And more explosions in Gaza as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was on TV, reacting to news of the cease-fire agreement:


Ben Wedeman in Gaza

[Updated 12:57 p.m. ET Wednesday]

Minutes after Egypt's foreign minister announced that a Israel-Gaza cease-fire would begin at 2 p.m. ET (9 p.m. local), Ben Wedeman reported that rockets were being fired from Gaza in the direction of Israel. The rocket fire happened just more than an hour before the cease-fire is scheduled to begin.

Sara Sidner in Tel Aviv

[Updated 11:09 a.m. ET Wednesday]

Sidner, reporting from a hospital treating people injured in Wednesday's bus blast in Tel Aviv, says none of the injured is expected to lose their lives.

A bomb exploded on a bus in Tel Aviv as it passed by Israeli army headquarters around noon local time Wednesday. Police said the blast left at least 22 people injured; Israeli authorities are trying to determine who was behind the bombing, and whether it was executed by someone who threw the package onto the bus or left it on the bus and then left before the package exploded, Sidner reported.

A couple teens have the worst injuries, according to the hospital. One may lose a limb, and both may face a lifetime of disability, a hospital official said, according to Sidner.

Arwa Damon in Gaza

[Updated 9:41 a.m. ET Wednesday]

Damon has pictures from some of the structures that were blasted overnight in Gaza:



Tuesday night and into Wednesday, Israeli bombs and artillery turned buildings, tunnels and bridges in Gaza into rubble in 100 strikes confirmed by Israeli authorities, and Hamas struck back with at least 62 rockets aimed at southern Israel, according to the Israeli military.

Sara Sidner in Tel Aviv

[Updated 8:35 a.m. ET Wednesday]

A bomb exploded on a bus in Tel Aviv as it passed by Israeli army headquarters around noon local time Wednesday. The attack, which police said left at least 22 people injured, shook up the Israeli public and threatened to complicate efforts to achieve a cease-fire on the eighth day of violence between Israel and Gaza.

At the scene of the bus bombing, police cordoned off the street as ambulances arrived. CNN's Sara Sidner said there is a hospital nearby. Sidner said the injured included people on the bus and people who were on the street.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. saywhat

    Media Monitors.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Thinker23

    As long as the Palestinian leaders (and it's the Palestinian leadership who'd declared goal is destruction of Israel and killing of Jews, NOT vice versa) are willing the war to continue it will continue and more Palestinians will be killed. When the number of dead Palestinians will satisfy those still alive they will ask for peace.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. AMV6

    If one does not want to have bruises one does not instigate a fight. Hamas is a terrorist organization targeting civilian targets that are non-military. Hamas is a democratically elected government. That makes Gaza a terrorist state. Terrorists have no place in a peaceful society. Hamas deliberately places rocket installations in schools and hospitals in order to prevent them from destruction. That makes Hamas responsible for killing their own children and women. Attacking civilian population of Israel is not going to stop Israel from destroying the rocket launchers. If people in Gaza want to live under a different reality, they should elect a different government and stop Hamas from infecting the territory. If they want to participate in the terrorist activities, they deserve what they get.

    We forgot the lessons of WWII too soon. Germany was behaving in exactly the same manner. Where did it end up?

    If we are ever to achieve peace in that region, we need to disarm the aggressor.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Not Impressed

    I'm just curious as to WHY the news anchors, Blitzer, Cooper, et al, are the ones who've been sent over to "report" about this conflict instead of the reporters CNN normally uses, whose reports are shared with us BY the anchors? Did some people lose their jobs so these news anchors can achieve a little glory? Just wondering!?

    November 21, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ray

    israel the country with everyone a terrorits

    November 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat)©

    It has been reported that a cease fire between Israel and Hamas will take effect at 2:00 PM ET. This must mean that the Hamas forces have run out of rockets again. In another month, when they get their supply built back up, the bombings will resume.
    I'm sorry for being so cynical people, but this sure seems to be the pattern.

    November 21, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      I guess they figured they would try to get the last licks in, so they could say Israel backed down.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SANTA ©

    It looks like there will be some lumps of coal for the boys and girls of Hamas this year.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. The Prophet

    stooped are you who is kidding, there will never be peace this its not in the prophesies

    November 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. The Prophet

    please the news and the lies

    November 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. schreiber

    A people that harbor terrorists, harbor their bombs in their neighborhoods and schools and kill their own children by using them as human shields are not a people who share values any civilized society can trust. What does a cease fire mean to a people who throw bombs into the neighborhoods of the country next door. If they put this much time and effort into education and freedom they'd then be a people to take seriously.

    November 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Eman

    Boy ! That's a relief. Good to know there won't be any more violence there...................

    November 21, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • just me

      you have got to be kidding me... XD

      November 21, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      He could be right. And I could be elected Pope. You never know.

      November 22, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. GR

    Now what have we learned until next time. CNN was a little more objective. BBC was certainly not objective and are still chasing the poor little me players. Generally this whole mess could be avoided if Hamas stopped rocketing Israel in the first place. Time to get a new power broker that thinks for the poor people of Gaze, from an economic perspective, which no news media has been addressing. What happened to the Billions the west has given to Gaza. Billions have been spend by the west in Gaza and what did Hamas do with it. Yes create a pile of rubble, which could have been avoided if Hamas used these billions for economic development and get the million plus of people meaningful jobs, rather then self enrichment and buying rockets and thus further impoverishing the palestinians. And for this who say I am pro Israel, yes I am, but I do feel sorry for the innocent palestinian who have been manipulated by Hamas and who have been trying to make a living under an oppressed regime. To this Gaza and West Bank Palestinians wake up, take control on your economic destiny and if you ever have a democratic election you know what to do. Try something constructive not destructive.

    November 21, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liz Barranco

      RIGHT ON I also think educating "the masses" is the only way to stop them from being manipulated by others. Good luck with that over there tho. We barely have it here in the US...probably around "47%" of us get it.

      November 22, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  13. little Palestinian boy

    I like the sound of drones at night. They help me sleep. Sleep in my bombed out squalor. G'night everybody.

    November 22, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. warring angel

    Hamas are being used by Iran to provoke Israel by diverting the international community to focus on the Gaza conflict so that Iran could speed up its nuclear enrichment process to arm its warhead.
    So, the real troublemaker is Iran because Iran always wanted to dominate the middle east because of all its oil wells.
    If need to stop any future conflict or middle east war, Iran revolutionary guard must be cripple entirely by all means.
    Oherwise, war is imminent !

    November 22, 2012 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    According to the figures compiled by Jewish Voice for Peace , 2880 Palestinians have been killed by Israel since 2006 (Amnesty Int. and Human Rights Watch puts the figure higher) and 46 Israelis died in the conflict.. Number of those wounded is not available as its a policy to suppress Palestinian casualty info.

    November 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
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