The network announced that two of its anchors were traveling to the Middle East in order to report live on the ongoing conflict. Cooper and Wolf Blitzer will report from Gaza and Jerusalem, respectively, until further notice, but Sunday constituted their first on-air exchanges.
At about 7:00 p.m. EST, Cooper was looking into the camera and explaining the dire situation at nearby hospitals, which are currently facing massive shortages in both staff and equipment.
“We talked to hospital and ambulance crews [and] as many as ten people were killed [in a recent blast],” he said. “We know ten members of one family, also two media centers…”
Cooper, who would have otherwise continued, ducked his head as an extremely loud and equally bright explosion filled up the television screen.
“Whoa!” he screamed, looking behind him. “Well, that was a rather large explosion. . . . It’s actually set off a number of car alarms. That was probably the largest explosion that we’ve heard.”