As NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin returns to reporting from Gaza this weekend, a CNN reporter has been pulled from the region, in part for sending a tweet which referred to a group of Israelis as “scum.”
Diana Magnay was reporting live on CNN Thursday from the Israeli city of Sderot which is less than a mile from Gaza and which has seen incoming Hamas rockets. Magnay was reporting from the so-called Sderot cinema where local Israelis gather to watch the IDF bombardment. After her report, she wrote on Twitter: “Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to ‘destroy our car if I say a word wrong.’ Scum.”
CNN said in a statement that Magnay was referring specifically to those who threatened her and that the network and Magnay are sorry if anyone was offended. Magnay is already back in Moscow where this morning she is reporting on the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.