Al-Jazeera Gaza offices evacuated after hit by Israeli fire


July 22, 2014
Zaina Kahuk
News Writer

The Israeli army has denied targeting the Al-Jazeera headquarters in Gaza, after a network’s correspondent reported that the building had come under fire. Staff in Gaza are saying that their 11th floor bureau was hit by two Israeli bullets just as the crew was preparing to broadcast live from the balcony. Al-Jazeera staff are claiming that “two precise shots” were fired at the building. The incident came a day after Israel’s foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, called for al-Jazeera to be banned. Al-Jazeera has released a statement: “Our journalists have been doing an outstanding job in reporting to our mass audience in the region what is happening on the ground. A threat to one is a threat to all, and this is a dark sign for all journalists operating in the territory. Journalists must be protected while doing their job of giving the public information they have the right to know, helping them understand what is going on. Journalism is not a crime!”


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