Israeli strike injures at least 6 journalists in Gaza

Journalists from different agencys run past press vehicles on a road after an Israeli air strike on an office of Hamas television channel Al-Aqsa in Gaza City.(AFP Photo / Mohammed Abed)

An Israeli airstrike on a media compound has injured at least six journalists, Palestinian medical authorities say. Among the outlets damaged are local, Italian, German, Lebanese and Kuwaiti channels.

­The journalists received minor to moderate injuries, Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said. One journalist had his leg amputated following the attack, he added.

The media center in Gaza City was targeted by Israeli warplanes early on Sunday in a series of strikes. Witnesses reported that the journalists had evacuated after an initial attack, which was followed by at least two more hits. The building was heavily damaged.

Some of the victims are employees of Palestinian Ma’an news agency , while the man who lost his leg is a cameraman with the local al-Quds TV, Ma’an reports. The attack was focused on the 11th floor, where the office of al-Quds TV is located.

Iranian Press-TV reported that one of their cameramen was injured.

An IDF report described the target of the attack as “a communications antenna used by Hamas to carry out terror activity against the State of Israel.” Israel sees al-Quds TV as a Hamas propaganda branch.

Among the media outlets affected were, Lebanese al-Quds TV, Italian RAI, German ARD, Kuwait-TV and others.

In separate incidents at least three children have been killed in Gaza overnight including an 18-month-old, Palestinian sources reported on Sunday. The baby was killed in the Bureij refugee camp, spokesman Adham Abu Selmiya told AFP.

Smoke rises after an Israeli air strike on an office of Hamas television channel Al-Aqsa in Gaza City.(AFP Photo / Mohammed Abed)

Earlier on Thursday, BBC Arabic journalist based in Gaza Jihad Misharawi lost his infant son and sister-in-law after shrapnel hit their house.

The image of the grieving man went viral on the internet, triggering a wave of condolences and a response from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who posted a picture of a baby reportedly injured by a Hamas rocket with a message saying that the militants are targeting Israeli children.

Palestinian medics said 48 Gazans had been killed by early Sunday and more than 450 injured since Israel launched its air campaign on Wednesday. Over the same period, three Israelis have been killed and 18 wounded, including 10 soldiers.

The Israeli army says militants have fired more than 600 rockets over the border since the start of the operation. Of them 430 hit and 245 were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system Israel deployed.

Israeli warplanes had hit more than 950 targets in Gaza. Overnight 180 strikes have been carried out.

Smoke billows as debris flies from the explosion at the local Al-Aqsa TV station in Gaza City on November 18, 2012 after it was attacked during an Israeli airstrike. An Israeli air strike hit a Gaza City media building.(AFP Photo / Marco Longari)
Ajab al-Shorafa, a cameraman for Press TV network, arrives at the emergency room in Gaza City after an Israeli airstrike on the building housing the offices of the Hamas-run Al-Aqsa TV station and several other news outlets.(AFP Photo / Marco Longari)
A Palestinian journalist inspects his work car in Gaza City.(AFP Photo / Mohammed Abed)


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