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Israel bombs Hamas local radio and TV stations in Gaza

Israeli warplanes bombed on Tuesday morning the headquarters of the Al-Aqsa radio and TV stations belonging to Hamas in Gaza City, the Anadolu news agency reported.

The agency quoted eye-witnesses as saying that the Israeli warplanes bombed the headquarters of the Al-Aqsa local TV station in al-Nasser neighbourhood in Gaza City with several missiles which led to its complete destruction, casing damage a number of neighbouring houses.

The headquarters of Al-Aqsa local Radio station in the Rimal neighbourhood, west of Gaza City was also bombed by an Israeli drone which led to the suspension of its broadcast.

The Al-Aqsa TV and radio stations suffered similar strikes during the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip in 2008.

Two cameramen working for the TV station were killed during the same war when an Israeli drone bombed their press vehicle near the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.

Since 7 July, Israel has waged an aggressive assault against the Gaza Strip, which it has dubbed "Operation Protective Edge". So far it has killed 1,108 Palestinians and wounded 6,500 more, according to a spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Health, Ashraf al- Qudra.

The Israeli war has also caused the destruction of 2,330 housing units and caused partial damage to 23,160 others; 2,080 of them have become uninhabitable, according to preliminary information released by the Palestinian Ministry of Public Works.

Meanwhile, Israel claims 48 of its soldiers and three civilians were killed during the operation.

The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' armed wing claims it had killed 103 Israeli soldiers and captured another.

MEMO Photograper: Mohammed Asad

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