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Al Jazeera’s bureau in Gaza has come under fire. Al Jazeera correspondents have collected large bullets from around the building, with other nearby buildings left untouched. No one has been injured.
The attack comes after Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s incendiary and threatening comments about Al Jazeera.
Al Jazeera spokesperson Osama Saeed said, “The foreign minister’s comments were a direct threat against us and appear to have been taken as a green light for the targeting of our journalists in Gaza. We hold the Israeli authorities fully responsible. They have put the lives
of journalists in danger.
“Our journalists have been doing an outstanding job in reporting to our mass audience in the region what is happening on the ground.
“A threat to one is a threat to all, and this is a dark sign for all journalists operating in the territory. Journalists must be protected while doing their job of giving the public information they have the right to know, helping them understand what is going on. Journalism is not a crime!
“We assure our audience that we will continue reporting all aspects of the events taking place, with the utmost professionalism, with commitment to the human side of the story. We will go on covering what is happening taking all necessary
measures to ensure the safety of our crews.”