Journalists Wounded in Israel Bombing in Gaza

The Wrap

Eight journalists were wounded in in Gaza as the Israeli Defense Force bombed two media buildings, Reuters reported.

Israel's military said it was targeting Hamas media devices on the roofs of the buildings. The military accused Hamas of using reporters as human shields.

Sky News, German ARD, Saudi Arabia's Al Arabiya, Beirut-based al Quds and other television news outlets had set up shop in the two buildings, Reuters said. An employee in one of the buildings lost his leg.

"Hamas took a civilian building and used it for its own needs. So the journalists ... were serving as human shields for Hamas," an Israeli spokeswoman said in a statement.

Journalists rallied in the West Bank city of Ramallah to protest the strikes, as officials in the Palestinian Authority that rules the area called the attacks a "clear message against freedom of journalism and opinion."

The Committee to Protect Journalists, a leading U.S. group advocating press freedom, condemned the attacks.

"Journalists are civilians and are protected under international law in military conflict," Deputy Director Robert Mahoney said in a statement. "Israel knows this and should cease targeting facilities housing media organizations and journalists immediately."

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