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Israel bombs Gaza radio station, injuring journalists

July 16, 2014 6:18 A.M. (Updated: July 30, 2014 9:53 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Several journalists were injured after an Israeli airstrike early Wednesday morning struck a building in Gaza City that houses the Sawt al-Watan radio station.

A journalist at the station Luay Abu Muammar told Ma'an that the radio station "was damaged, some machines were destroyed, and the radio's car was destroyed," in the attack, which comes on the ninth day of a sustained Israeli assault on Gaza.

"The broadcast is still cut off," he added.

The management and employees of the radio station condemned the targeting the building, stressing that the Israeli attack targets the rights of journalists and contravenes laws protecting freedom of the press.

Abu Muammar called upon the Arab and International Journalists Syndicate to condemn the attack and hold Israel responsible for its crimes.

Journalists Ahmad al-Ajala, Tariq Hamdieh, Muhammad Hammoudeh and Bahaa al-Razi Abu Muammar were in the building at the time of the airstrike.

The Israeli army has been regularly accused of targeting Palestinian journalists by international watchdogs, and attacks on news and radio stations in Gaza have generally been more frequent during times of bombardment like in 2012 and 2008-9.

On Wednesday, Israeli forces bombed a car full of journalists with the word "TV" printed across the roof, killing Hamdi Shihab and injuring three others.

209 Palestinians have been killed and 1,560 have been injured since Israel began "Operation Protective Edge" in Gaza, which began after more than two weeks of an intensive operation in the West Bank that killed at least six, injured more than 130, and led to the arrest of more than 600.
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