CNN has reassigned its correspondent covering the conflict raging between Israel and Gaza , after she tweeted that Israelis who were cheering the bombing of Gaza were “scum.”
“Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to ‘destroy our car if I say a word wrong’. Scum,” correspondent Diana Magnay tweeted Thursday.
She quickly deleted the tweet, but apparently a little too late- it had reportedly already been retweeted at least 200 times.
“After being threatened and harassed before and during a liveshot, Diana reacted angrily on Twitter,” a CNN spokeswoman said in a statement to the Huffington Post.
“She deeply regrets the language used, which was aimed directly at those who had been targeting our crew.
“She certainly meant no offense to anyone beyond that group, and she and CNN apologize for any offense that may have been taken,” added the spokeswoman.
Prior to the tweet, Magnay – who has now been reassigned to Moscow – had appeared reporting live from a hill overlooking the Israel-Gaza border. Nearby, Israelis were heard cheering as missiles were fired at Gaza, while she reported.
It remains unclear who was assigned to replace Magnay in covering the Middle Eastern conflict, which has entered its 11th day. CNN was not immediately available for a comment when contacted by Al Arabiya News.