Pillar of Defense: Strikes on Gaza media centers and injuries to civilians
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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 Pillar of Defense: Strikes on Gaza media centers and injuries to civilians

11/18/2012

Two buildings used for the Palestinian and foreign media in Gaza were hit on Saturday night (Nov 17) by IDF fire. Among the antennas and telecom equipment on the roofs of the buildings were also antennas used by Hamas for military operations.

 
IDF pinpoint strike on Hamas operational communications infrastructure (IDF Spokesperson)

(Communicated by the MFA Spokesperson)
 
Two buildings used for the Palestinian and foreign media in Gaza were hit on Saturday night (Nov 17) by IDF fire. This aroused harsh criticism among the journalists.

It should be noted that among the antennas and telecom equipment on the roofs of the buildings were also antennas used by Hamas for military operations. The IDF strike was clean and on-target (view video) - in the Palestinian media building there were reportedly six injured, while in the building housing the Western media there was not even one.

Other complaints have centered on the killing of civilians. In fact, the IDF does everything possible to avoid harming civilians. However, in any air strike, there is a danger of collateral damage to non-combatants. This was seen recently in the air strikes in Libya, a fact which didn’t make the operation any less moral or justified.

The danger of hitting non-combatants increases considerably in the case of a conflict with Hamas, which systematically launches rockets from inside population centers (pictures and videos can be seen on the IDF and MFA websites and Facebook).

Another source of civilian injuries is the many Palestinian rockets that, aiming at Israel, have fallen short and landed inside the Gaza Strip. These rockets (98 so far) have most certainly caused casualties, although this is not a topic that Hamas can be relied upon to report accurately.

 
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