published : 2023-11-04

Rocket from Gaza Hits Near Reporter: 'Direct Impact'

Foreign correspondent Trey Yingst reports live moments after a rocket explodes just yards away from a number of reporters.

A photo of reporters gathered near the Gaza border, capturing the tense atmosphere as they cover the Israel-Hamas conflict. [Taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV]

A rocket launched from Gaza exploded near a kindergarten building in southern Israel, just feet from a crowd of journalists covering the Israel-Hamas conflict.

The attack was witnessed by a foreign correspondent, who estimated that he was within 100 feet of the blast.

"It appears there has been a direct impact. This was not intercepted, it was a massive explosion," the correspondent reported from near the site of impact.

The correspondent also reported that there do not appear to be any casualties despite the dangerous proximity to reporters covering the fighting at the Gaza border.

An image showing the aftermath of the rocket explosion near the kindergarten building in southern Israel, highlighting the significant damage caused by the blast. [Taken with Nikon D850]

The kindergarten was unoccupied at the time of the attack, and no bystanders were wounded in the blast.

"We're right along the Israel-Gaza border. This area has not been taking much fire recently, but we saw something coming off the Gaza Strip, sirens sounded. You have about 10 seconds to get to cover here," the correspondent said.

In an update, the correspondent said, "It’s by chance that no journalists were injured or killed. A rocket just landed feet away from where dozens of reporters are working tonight."

Israel is facing mounting military opposition from multiple adversaries as it continues its ground invasion of Gaza following an attack that killed over 1,400 Israelis.

A photograph of the Israel-Gaza border, where reporters are seen hurriedly seeking cover as sirens sound, capturing the danger and urgency of the situation. [Taken with Sony Alpha a7 III]

Terrorist group Hezbollah is threatening to expand its fight against the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), praising a previous terror attack against Israel as "heroic."

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech that the terrorist group has been involved in the conflict since the day after the attack. The speech was his first since the war began last month.