Reuters bureau hit in Gaza

January 15, 2009

Reuters journalists in Gaza report that an Israeli missile or shell hit the 13th floor of the Al-Shurouq Tower in Gaza city this morning. A journalist working for an Abu Dhabi television channel on the 14th floor was injured. Reuters evacuated the bureau which is located on the 12th floor,

A camera in the office that had provided non-stop live images of the Gaza cityscape throughout the war briefly continued to function, but later ceased transmission — possibly because of a fire that other cameras in the area showed pouring smoke from the upper floors of the 16-storey building…
…Reuters journalists on the spot said they had not been aware of the presence of any armed men in the building beforehand.
An Israeli army spokesman had spoken with Reuters staff in Jerusalem shortly before the explosion to check the location of the Reuters bureau in Gaza. Reuters had provided the coordinates of its office to the army at the start of the war and was assured on several occasions it was not a target. link

Talk about “surgical strikes”… The Israeli military killed a Reuters journalists in 2008. An Israeli investigation in August 2008 into the killing of Reuters cameraman Fadel Shana in April 2008 resulted in no charges being brought.