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AP, Jazeera offices damaged in Gaza airstrikes
Published Wednesday 21/11/2012 (updated) 22/11/2012 20:39
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Smoke and debris are seen after an Israeli airstrike on the office
of Al-Aqsa TV in a building that also houses other media in Gaza
City Nov. 18, 2012. (Reuters/Majdi Fathi)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli airstrikes damaged buildings housing media offices for the fourth day in a row on Wednesday, causing damage but no injuries, reporters said.

The attacks followed airstrikes that killed three Palestinian reporters on Tuesday.

The first overnight attack targeted a building housing the Gaza City office of Agence France-Presse, an AFP photographer said. He said at least three attacks appeared to have hit the sixth floor.

After midnight Wednesday, Al Jazeera said its bureau in Gaza City was damaged after an airstrike hit the nearby Abu Khadra government building.

A reporter for The Associated Press said the AP's office was also damaged.

An Israeli military spokeswoman told Ma'an that the airstrike on central Gaza City's Abu Khadra building targeted a "terror activity site."

Earlier, Israel's army confirmed hitting one media building and said the attack targeted a "Hamas intelligence operations center."

After hitting one of the media buildings, the army also wrote a warning on Twitter to reporters to "Stay away from Hamas operatives & facilities."

Meanwhile attacks caused damage to two hotels hosting international media.

Reporter Hugh Naylor of the National newspaper told Ma'an that the attacks, either from airstrikes or mortar fire at a vacant lot, blew out the windows of the Deira and Beach hotels.

Press TV meanwhile reported that its correspondent Akram al-Sattari was injured.

The bombings early Wednesday followed two deadly attacks on journalists a day earlier which spread anger throughout the Palestinian press corps.

Press freedom group Mada condemned Tuesday's attacks as a "heinous crime ... (and) a flagrant breach of the international conventions that protect journalists."

The Committee to Protect Journalists urged Israel to immediately halt airstrikes targeting news media offices in Gaza.

"Israel should respect its obligations under international law and immediately halt its attacks against news media offices," said CPJ official Sherif Mansour.

"Authorities know these buildings are home to numerous news organizations whose employees are civilians protected by international law."

On Sunday, Israeli airstrikes damaged two media offices, injuring at least six journalists. The Al-Shawa building, struck first, houses Ma'an News Agency's headquarters in the Gaza Strip.
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1 ) Arnold / Canada
21/11/2012 03:39
Did you notice that the IDF targeted the top of the building only where the offices and atennae are. Another example of trying to avoid civilian casualties.

2 ) Julie / USA
21/11/2012 09:47
#1 Arnold - oh please!!!! don't make me laugh!!!!!! do you think the world community is that lacking in neuronal activity? as IF a bomb suddenly stops right there at the roof & antennae withOUT penetrating MUCH further into the buildings???? are you kidding us???? LOLLLLLLLLLLLLL

3 ) Judeonimh / Canada
22/11/2012 04:58
On April 23, 1999, when Serbians were killing Muslims in Kosovo, Bill Clinton ordered Serbian Radio and Television Headquarters in Belgrade bombed in a suprise nightime attack by the US Air Force, and killed 16 journalists. But that was okay, right ?

4 ) gabi / australia
22/11/2012 08:25
Arnold - did you not hear Mark Regev (Israelis spokesman) speaking yesterday in justification about the bombing of a tv site for Hamas broadcasts - saying words along the line that it is not like bombing legitimate news points like Al Jazeera and AP " meaning that Hamas broadcasters were not legitimate and thus appropriate targets, but Al Jazeera were. What happened to their view on Al Jazeera with in a couple of hours? Didn't like the outside world hearing the about Israel's "defensive" war.

5 ) carine / UK
22/11/2012 19:26
#4 - It was wonderful to watch Mark Regev squirming like a worm while being interviewed by an AJ presenter - made my day! That is one smug arrogant face I'd like to slap...
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