18 November 2012

Egypt: Israeli Missile Strike Hits Gaza Media Centres, Wounds Journalists

Photo: IRIN
Palestinians wait outside the main gate of the Rafah border crossing as they attempt to get to Egypt (file photo).

Gaza Strip — Israeli aircraft fired missiles at two media centres housing media organisations including Sky News, al-Arabiya and al-Quds TV, in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, wounding six journalists including a cameraman, who lost a leg.

The Israeli military said the attacks were pinpoint strikes on Hamas communication devices located on the buildings' roofs, and accused the Islamist group of using reporters as human shields to try and protect their operations.

In a statement, the Israeli Defence Forces said: "A communications antenna used by Hamas to carry out terror activity against the state of Israel, was targeted."

Israel warned it was widening its range of targets and would go after military commanders of the territory's ruling Hamas.

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