Israeli war planes targeted two media buildings in Gaza City on Sunday morning, injuring at least eight journalists, including one who lost his leg, medical officials said.
One of the media buildings houses foreign news outlets and the other is used by the media operations unit of Hamas.
The first Israeli strike on a media building came around 2:00 am local time 0000 GMT).
"At least six journalists were wounded, with minor and moderate injuries, when Israeli warplanes hit the al-Quds TV office in the Showa and Housari building in the Rimal neighbourhood of Gaza City," health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.
Witnesses reported extensive damage to the building, and said journalists had evacuated after an initial strike, which was followed by at least two more on the site.
The injured were taken to Gaza City's Shifa hospital. One journalist lost his leg in the attack, Qudra said.
A second hit on a different, nearby media building came around 7:00 am (0500 GMT).
"We have two journalists injured in the Shuruq building, which houses Al-Aqsa TV, where there has been an air strike," Qudra told AFP. Al-Aqsa TV is another Hamas-affiliated television station.
DCMF condemns attack on journalists
"We strongly condemn the Israeli bombing of media offices in Gaza which resulted in injuring several journalists. We demand the Israeli army to stop targeting journalists, media organisations and innocent civilians.
The presence of media is essential for reporting the truth. Therefore, we urge the Israeli authorities to stop attacking journalists deliberately as it violates basic human rights principles.
Doha Centre through its associate office in Gaza will provide all possible assistance to journalists in Gaza to be able to perform their duties.”
"Crime against the media"
"It was the media battle that forced Israel to stop its killing of children and civilians last time," he told AFP, referring to Israel's December 2008-January 2009 Operation Cast Lead.
Reports suggest that the Israeli army also took over some radio stations and issued warnings to Gazans to stay away from Hamas personnel. The message went on to say-
"To the people of Gaza, Hamas is playing with fire and gambling with your fate," said the message, which was broadcast every five minutes. "The Israel Defense Force is moving toward the second phase of its operation. For your safety, you should stay away from Hamas infrastructure and personnel."
The death toll of Gazans since the violence started on Wednesday has reached 49, according to reports.
Source: DCMF, AFP