TV channel Al-Jazeera evacuated its bureau in Gaza after it came under fire on Tuesday, the Qatar-based network said, and said it held Israel responsible for the safety of its staff.
“Two very precise shots were fired straight into our building,” said Al-Jazeera reporter in Gaza Stefanie Dekker, according to the channel’s English-language website.
The office, on the 11th floor of a building in a residential area of Gaza City, was immediately evacuated.
The pan-Arab channel has provided extensive coverage from Gaza since Israel began its military campaign against the Hamas-controlled coastal strip 15 days ago.
The channel “holds Israel responsible for the safety of its team in Gaza after its bureau came under fire,” Al-Jazeera Arabic-language channel said.
Ynet news website quoted Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman as saying on Monday that Al-Jazeera “stands at the heart of the propaganda of terrorist organizations.”
Al-Jazeera accused Liberman of “direct incitement” against it.
The channel is funded by gas-rich Qatar, which backs the Islamist Hamas movement.
The network has been in trouble in the past with Arab regimes that often accused it of having set agendas in its coverage.
Washington has in the past accused Al-Jazeera of being a mouthpiece for extremist groups, especially since it almost exclusively aired video messages of the now slain founder of al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden.
On Wednesday, a BBC Arabic journalist, reporting from Tel Aviv, was knocked off his feet by a Jewish-Israeli assailant on Wednesday while on air.
Firas al-Khatib is seen standing with a bulletproof vest with the word “Press” on it, reporting on the ongoing violence, when a black-shirted man pushes him to the ground.
The assailant wrestles with another man wearing a “Press” vest, but what happened next occurs off-camera.
Al-Khatib resumes his reporting moments later.