Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Moving on in Gaza

Today is a sunny, quiet day in Gaza City. But there are still gunmen on street corners and rooftops. Fatah forces have brought in what looks like a small tank parked behind a sand bunker, literally dug in for war. The first thing we did was stop by a small group of gunmen hoping to shoot a quick piece to camera. After some fast-talking by our genial driver, Ahmed, they agree to let us shoot for no more than 5 minutes. We jump out and begin immediately. Ahmed continues to chat to the gunmen, hoping to distract them from observing us too carefully. It turns out they are part of a joint patrol to secure the roads for Prime Minister Ismail Hanieyah’s departure for the talks in Mecca today. Hamas and Fatah working together. That’s a change from nearly a week of constant gunbattles. They don’t seem very happy about it though. They eyeball each other for a little while and before refocusing their attention to us. One of them leans over to Ahmed and growls something in his ear: Time to stop shooting and move on.

Hear from CNN reporters across the globe. "In the Field" is a unique blog that will let you share the thoughts and observations of CNN's award-winning international journalists from their far-flung bureaus or on assignment. Whether it's from conflict zone, a summit gathering, or the path least traveled, "In the Field" gives you a personal, front row seat to CNN's global newsgathering team.
    What's this?
CNN Comment Policy: CNN encourages you to add a comment to this discussion. You may not post any unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic or other material that would violate the law. Please note that CNN makes reasonable efforts to review all comments prior to posting and CNN may edit comments for clarity or to keep out questionable or off-topic material. All comments should be relevant to the post and remain respectful of other authors and commenters. By submitting your comment, you hereby give CNN the right, but not the obligation, to post, air, edit, exhibit, telecast, cablecast, webcast, re-use, publish, reproduce, use, license, print, distribute or otherwise use your comment(s) and accompanying personal identifying information via all forms of media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity. CNN Privacy Statement.