BBC Arabic reporter attacked mid-broadcast in Israel

A BBC Arabic reporter was set upon by an angry Israeli bystander as he delivered a live report from near the Gaza strip.

Feras Khatib was reporting from the Israeli town of Ashkelon, close to the border with the Gaza Strip, where intense fighting in recent days has left over 500 people dead.

Despite the interruption, Khatib continued with his broadcast after a brief pause, while members of his team removed the man.

The BBC issued a statement on the incident, saying: "While reporting live from inside the Israeli city of Ashkelon this morning BBC Arabic reporter Feras Khatib was manhandled by an angry Israeli."

The broadcaster added that "Feras was un-harmed and will continue reporting as normal".

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