Gaza, 4 Muharram /18 November (MINA/RT) – An Israeli airstrike on a media building 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 lost his leg in 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 by them.
Among the media outlets hosted in the building were local Al-Aqsa TV, Lebanese al-Quds TV, Italian RAI, German ARD and Kuwait-TV.
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 49 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.(R-015/R-010)