Reuters, Fox News, Al-Arabiya, and more than a dozen other
regional and international news organizations and production companies are
Shrapnel hit the Reuters office, forcing staff to evacuate but not causing injuries, the news agency reported. Live video footage from Reuters and the Ramattan news agency shows smoke rising from the building. Al-Arabiya correspondent Hanan al-Masri, who was on-air when the attack occurred, was forced to abandon the live broadcast midway. The station aired that footage again in a subsequent broadcast.
Reuters reported that the Israeli military had contacted the
news agency minutes before the attack to confirm the location of its
"The latest strikes by the IDF will further staunch the
already limited information currently emerging from
An Israeli military spokesperson told Reuters that Hamas militants had taken over a media office in the area late on Wednesday. Reuters reported that its journalists did not see gunmen near the building before it was hit.
"We've endeavored to tell the story well and fairly around the world," said Reuters Editor-in-Chief and CPJ board member David Schlesinger. "That means having people on the ground in places where there is fighting. But what we can't have is their lives endangered by missiles."
A fire in the basement of the building destroyed a power
generator and has disrupted communications equipment, according to Russian news
channel Russia Today, whose offices are also in
Media facilities have come under Israeli fire multiple times
since the military campaign started on December 27. On January 9, the IDF hit the