Thursday, January 17, 2008
On the Gaza border
We're sitting on a hill over looking
It's quiet. Except for the monotonous buzz of an Israeli drone overhead. Most times, we can't see it. But now and then, you can catch it's white triangular body against the blue sky, waiting and watching. It never seems to change speed.
Our producer calls to tell us of an Israeli air strike in
Occasionally, we hear a different noise. A distant boom and then a plume of smoke climbs the sky. Another rocket attack. That makes 26 today. I'm sure there are more.
Our cameraman calls us. He's out getting gas and sandwiches for lunch. The rocket landed less than 200 meters from the station, he says. But don't worry, he says, no injuries and lunch is on the way.
Earlier, an Israeli army unit dropped by. They told us not to linger here too long. There are snipers, says one soldier. He is wearing a battered flak jacket and points to
Thanks, we say, we'll be careful. He shrugs his shoulders. Up to you, he says, and they drive off.
Now, we can hear the call to prayer. It drifts over the border from the
Our cameraman drives up, grinning and unscathed, clutching a bag of sandwiches and diet sodas. So, we sit down for a picnic on the border, basking in the sunshine and listening to the distant sounds of war.
-- From CNN correspondent Atika Shubert on the
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