In this installment of BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen’s diary about the Israeli-Palestinian war, Bowen describes how, thanks in part to technology, the word on Gaza is getting out despite the Israeli ban on foreign journalists.
Jeremy Bowen, BBC:
If you are a reporter parachuted into a place, even one you know well, generally any trouble that happens does not feel personal. I have never had to describe advancing tanks viewed from my own front room and I hope I never have to.
The logical thing to do for any reporter is to narrow the distance between yourself and the story.
But I stopped in Jerusalem and went into the office. Why? Because Israel still won’t let foreign correspondents into Gaza.
So I have been following it on the wires and through the messages coming from our guys.
At 1517, Hamada messaged that the UN HQ was burning again, and huge clouds of black smoke were covering most of the southern part of the city.
Later on, Rushdi got his family out to somewhere safer.
Israel has cited all kinds of logistical and safety reasons for not obeying its Supreme Court ruling ordering the entry of a small group of foreign journalists into Gaza. Obviously, the Israelis feel that they are better able to control the news agenda by restricting the right of reporters to report.
But the fact that there are good Palestinian journalists in Gaza means that accurate and trustworthy accounts of what is happening are getting out.
A man watches smoke rise from the United Nations compound in Gaza City after it was hit by Israeli shells on Thursday.