Hamas gunmen storm broadcast facility

Workers thrown out of Palestine TV building in shooting rampage in Gaza.

June 5, 2006 14:44
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Hamas militants stormed a Palestine TV broadcast facility in the southern Gaza Strip, kicking workers out of the building and destroying equipment in a shooting rampage, employees said. There were no reports of injuries. The incident in Khan Younis came amid growing tensions between the Hamas-led government and President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement. The broadcast authority is controlled by Abbas.

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Earlier Monday, a large explosion ripped through a house in a northern Gaza town, killing one man and wounding two other people, hospital officials said. There were no details on the cause of the blast in Jebaliya. But relatives said the dead man was a member of Hamas. The wounded included two relatives, including an 8-year-old child. Hundreds of people gathered outside the house after the explosion, while fire engines raced to the scene and rescue crews searched for people in the rubble. Dozens of women stood by weeping. IDF officials said the army wasn't involved in the incident. In Khan Yunis about 15 gunmen fired in the air as they entered the broadcasting station. "You are collaborators. You are biased. You are dirty people," they screamed, according to the workers. The gunmen expelled employees from the building, beat up a cameraman and fired their weapons at cameras and other equipment, the witnesses said. They left the building after several minutes. The facility is used to transmit signals for state-run television and radio broadcasts.

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