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Israel strikes media office, 2 killed

Nov. 19, 2012 5:03 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 21, 2012 3:03 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces bombed a tower block that houses several international media offices in Gaza City for second day on Monday, killing a military leader of Islamic Jihad and a civilian.

Al-Quds brigades leader Ramiz Harb and 53-year-old civilian Salem Bulus Swelim were killed in the strike on the al-Shuruq building.

Three others were wounded, including a cameraman for Al-Arabiya TV and another for Huna Al-Quds.

The Israeli military said in a statement that Harb was "responsible for propaganda" for the brigades. It says three senior Islamic Jihad members were also in the building.

Israel also struck al-Nuseirat camp in central Gaza on Sunday afternoon, killing Ayed Radi and Amir Al-Malahi, medics said.

A young girl was injured in another strike on the Al-Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, and and a man was injured in Sheikh Radwan district.

Israel also shelled Khan Younis in south Gaza, injuring two people.

Israeli attacks killed 22 Palestinians on Monday, including two children and four women, and another man died from wounds sustained in an earlier strike during Israel's bombardment of Gaza.

Attacks on media buildings

Israel drew widespread local and international condemnation for its bombing of two media complexes in Gaza City early Sunday.

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

One of the targeted buildings, the al-Shawa tower, houses Ma'an's Gaza office. There is no military infrastructure of any kind inside the building.

Witnesses said the Shuruq building was hit by at least three missiles on Monday, which sent debris flying into the street below and set a computer shop ablaze.

The building also houses the offices of Britain's Sky News and Saudi-owned Al Arabiya Channel. Most journalists left the premises on Sunday following the initial strike.

Israel's military had no immediate comment on Monday's blast.

Over 100 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip since Israel's operation began on Wednesday.

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