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02 December 2023

Explosion hits media offices in Gaza: witnesses

Smoke rises as a building burns in the northern Gaza Strip on January 15, 2009. Relentless barrage of shelling continued on Thursday, despite some signs of progress in the international effort to bring about a ceasefire to the 20-day conflict (REUTERS)

By Reuters

An explosion blasted a tower block in the city of Gaza on Thursday that houses the offices of Reuters and several other media organisations, injuring a journalist for the Abu Dhabi television channel.

Reuters journalists working at the time said it appeared the southern side of the 13th floor of the Al-Shurouq Tower in the city centre had been struck by an Israeli missile or shell. Reuters evacuated the bureau.

Colleagues said at least one journalist working for Abu Dhabi television on the 14th floor was injured.

The 13th floor houses a local television production company. The Reuters bureau is on the 12th floor. Live television footage showed smoke coming from the roof of the building, which towers over the generally low-rise city centre.