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Twitter trolls attack CNN's Cooper

18:00 Wed Nov 21 2012
Bernadette Chua

Veteran CNN reporter Anderson Cooper has taken his critics down one-by-one, firing a series of cheeky tweets after being slammed for his reporting in Gaza.

Cooper admitted this week he was "a little mean" when he took aim at those who accused him on Twitter of biased and unfair reporting on the Israel-Hamas conflict.

He said he stayed up late to point out the flaws in the arguments of each of his critics.

Twitter user Pamela Weiss told Cooper to "report a fair" story and write about rockets being fired from Gaza as well as Israeli air strikes.

Cooper responded to the self-confessed "foodie" saying: "Perhaps spend less time tweeting about coconut flan and more time actually following the news."

User Max F Power tweeted, "@andersoncooper great 1 sided reporting in Israel. Show the American people what life is like for Palestinians in #Gaza #hack."

Cooper promptly responded to the tweet saying: "@rollinout2012 ummm, actually I am in #Gaza."

Cooper spoke from Gaza about his Twitter trolls to Andy Cohen and Kyle Richards, who co-hosted a Thanksgiving special of his show, Anderson Live.

"On Twitter it's very easy for people to make ridiculous claims so I've started tweeting back.

Last night I was up for many hours so I think I maybe got a little mean," he said.

He said he felt "kind of bad" after he tweeted his response to Mrs Weiss.

"If I tweet something about an outgoing rocket firing towards Israel, they will say that I'm pro Israeli," he said.

"If I tweet about a bomb blast here that killed people in Gaza city they will say that I am pro-Hamas, it's a very difficult situation."

Cooper made headlines earlier this week after a huge explosion went off as he was reporting live from Gaza.

He was forced to duck for cover as a rocket exploded just a few blocks from where he was reporting.

Gaza militants say a truce may be brokered to end the seven days of violence but are waiting on Israeli approval of a Cairo-brokered truce.

An agreement was meant to be reached by Tuesday afternoon, but Hamas said in a statement that Israel still had not responded to the Palestinian proposal as of 10pm local time.

"No agreement has been reached until now and it might not happen tonight. All options are open. Our people and the resistance are ready for anything," tweeted Hamas leader Izzat al-Rishq.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday it was time for Hamas to choose between peace and further violence.

"Out hand is outstretched in peace to those of our neighbours who want to make peace with us," he said.

"And the other hand is firmly grasping the source of David."

The attack has claimed 136 Palestinian lives and the Israeli army confirmed their first two fatalities.

US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has arrived in the city to aid the negotiations.

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