Israelis cheer and celebrate as missiles hit Gaza, live on CNN

Published July 18th, 2014 - 12:27 GMT

A live CNN video of Israeli crowds cheering as missiles struck Gaza late on Thursday has emerged, causing outrage across the world.

Diana Magnay, an international correspondent for the American news network was in the midst of reporting live on an Israeli hilltop close to the Gaza border while crowds whistled, cheered and applauded as missiles hit the besieged Strip.

“Now the sound you are hearing here – we’re on the top of the hill and I think you can probably see there are lots of Israelis gathered around cheering when they see these kinds of Israeli strikes,” Magnay described during the report.

Minutes later the journalist tweeted: “Israelis on hill above Sderot cheers as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to ‘destroy if I say a word wrong’. Scum.”

The tweet was deleted shortly after, bringing further controversy to the incident.

Earlier this week, a Danish reporter also tweeted a picture of Israelis watching air strikes from the hilltop of Sderot with popcorn and drinks, which went viral.

The UN estimates that 80 percent of Palestinians killed in Israel's attacks are civilians, while Gaza's death toll currently stands at 265, including three teenagers and a five-month-old baby killed during overnight attacks.

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