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article imageVideo: RT's Arabic-language sister channel in Gaza attacked

By Anne Sewell     Nov 18, 2012 in World
Gaza - RT's Arabic-language sister channel, Rusiya Al-Yaum, was struck by Israeli forces in the Gaza strip early on November 18. Luckily no one was in the office at the time. Updated with video interview with IDF on their reasons for targeting the building.
Fortunately, RT's reporter, Saed Suerki and his cameraman, Mustafa Al-Bayati, had left the office, as the electricity had gone off and they needed fuel for the generator, so that they could continue working early into the morning.
They left the building at around 01:00 am, and the strike happened at 02:00 am.
RT s Arab-language sister channel in Gaza hit by IDF rockets.
RT's Arab-language sister channel in Gaza hit by IDF rockets.
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Approximately one hour after they left the building, Israeli forces struck and rockets slammed into the building.
The channel's media center was located on the top level of an 11-floor building along with several other media offices.
RT s sister channel in Gaza hit by IDF rockets.
RT's sister channel in Gaza hit by IDF rockets.
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While Suerki and Al-Bayati are uninjured, Suerki said that some of their friends in the building are in hospital.
Saed Suerki talks about his experience in the video above and says that journalists need to get the news out as it happens, and that even the Israeli media reports from Gaza.
He said that it is unacceptable that "media workers get attacked in such a way."
While they realize that it is dangerous to work under such conditions, they also feel it is necessary that they do their job.
Update:
The video below shows the actual strike on the building.
The strike has injured at least six journalists, according to Palestinian medical authorities. Among the media outlets affected, besides RT's sister operation, are local, Italian, German, Lebanese and Kuwaiti channels.
Update 2:
RT's Bill Dod talks to Israeli Defence Force spokesperson, Avital Leibovich about the IDF's reasoning for targeting the building containing several media outlets.
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