BBC reporter in Gaza looks terrified as rocket suddenly lands behind him on air

A BBC reporter in Gaza was terrified when a rocket suddenly landed nearby while he was live on air tonight.

One viewer complimented correspondent Rushdi Abualouf, who was live from Khan Younis in southern Gaza, for his bravery “risking his life as the bombing continues”.

Another said his work has been “both inspirational and heartbreaking to see”.

Mr Abualouf appeared to grimace and duck his head as a missile landed close by.

Before the bomb fell, he had been discussing the worsening situation in Gaza where a relief agency today claimed doctors were running out of morphine and essential painkillers.

After the explosion is heard, he said calmly: “Yeah, it’s been intense air strikes tonight as well.

“This is the third or fourth one just close to the hospital. So another night of heavy bombing in southern Gaza, Khan Younis.

“This is the area where Israel asked 1.2 million people to come in. They [Israel] said it’s safer for you to be South. But as you can see, every night there are air strikes in this area.”

As well as covering the war as a correspondent, Mr Abualouf has been documenting his family’s experience of the war on social media.

He posted on X, formerly Twitter, on October 20: “Once again my family survived a nearby air strike, drone strike hit the upper floors of a building, they were in the ground floor, my wife was lightly hurt by a rock falling on her head.”

A BBC producer named Norman Ivison complimented Mr Abualouf for his coverage on X, formerly Twitter. He said: “Rushdi Abualouf, the #BBC’s Gaza Correspondent, reporting live and risking his life as the bombing continues.

“Many brave journalists on both sides of the divide keeping the world informed during this tragic war.”

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