BBC Breakfast's Sally Nugent cuts off live Israel report to rush journalist to safety

The Breakfast presenter had to cut short an interview with Lyse Doucet.

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Sally Nugent was concerned for Lyse Doucet in Israel. (BBC)

What did you miss?

BBC Breakfast viewers got a glimpse of just how dangerous the situation in Israel currently is on Wednesday morning, when a live news report had to be cut off.

Chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet had to be moved along mid-report as mortars began landing towards where she was broadcasting from, leaving show host Sally Nugent cutting the segment so that she could get to safety.

What, how, and why?

BBC Breakfast host Nugent cut short a live report from Israel on Wednesday morning to allow her colleague and the camera crew to get to safety during a mortar strike.

The BBC's chief international correspondent Doucet was speaking to Nugent and her co-host Jon Kay from Ashkelon, a coastal city in Israel just three miles from Gaza, where she gave an update on fighting in the region following Hamas' unprecedented attack on Israel over the weekend.

During her report, Doucet could be seen looking at someone off camera as she said: "Sorry, I think we're being told.... I'm going to keep recording."

The reporter wore a flak jacket as she told Nugent and Kay in the Breakfast studio: "I think once we can get the camera off here perhaps we can keep reporting, we're going to move a little bit away."

Doucet and the cameras moved along the road a little and she pointed at the horizon, saying: "We can see the black smoke rising there and we've been told there could be some mortars landing in this area so as a precaution so we're just going to move a little bit away so we're in a safer area.

"But I think we're still safe to keep broadcasting."

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01:  Lyse Doucet attends Sarah Brown's Theirworld charity event held in London's Connaught Rooms, ahead of International Women's Day, March 1, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Theirworld)
Lyse Doucet was reporting from Israel. (Getty Images for Theirworld)

She added: "This is what it's like, it's a very, very unpredictable situation."

But after giving a little more information on what the situation was like, a clearly concerned Nugent told her: "Lyse, thank you so much for that but we're going to let you and the crew get to safety as quickly as possible. Thank you very much."

The death toll from Hamas' attacks has exceeded 1,000 people, including hundreds killed while attending a music festival on Saturday.

Terrorists have also taken a large number of hostages into Gaza, including children, with families reporting seeing video footage of their loved ones being taken from their homes.

What else has been happening on BBC Breakfast?

Last week, Nugent had to cut short another live segment - although for much less risky reasons.

She was speaking to a reporter outside of Manchester Piccadilly station about Rishi Sunak's plans to scrap the northern leg of HS2 when a TV licence fee protester elbowed his way into shot, shouting that the fee should be scrapped.

Nugent has also been part of some more lighthearted broadcasts recently, including laughing at her co-host Kay when a clip from the King's visit to Paris appeared to show a French butler waiting on him who looked exactly like Kay.

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