Indian TV shows Hamas rocket fired near Gaza hotel

Reporter watches launch ‘bang in the middle of what is a residential area full of apartment buildings’

India’s NDTV filmed what The New York Times said it could not: footage of Hamas fighters in Gaza assembling and then launching a rocket aimed at Israel, from a residential area.

The launch took place in a dense, urban environment in Gaza with plenty of civilians around — and one intrepid Indian reporter.

The report on India’s NDTV by Sreenivasan Jain shows a Palestinian rocket crew using a tent as cover to set up a rocket launch, then launching the rocket. The footage was recorded on Monday.

Sreenivasan notes that the Hamas rocket launch takes places “meters away from our hotel” and “bang in the middle of what is a residential area full of hotels and apartment buildings.”

He then heads to the spot from where the rocket was fired but is “asked by people not to go to the location, so we’re just pulling back…”

The French TV station, France 24, also showed a rocket launching pad, located about 100 yards from a United Nations building flying the blue UN flag. A hotel housing journalists covering the Gaza conflict was located about 50 yards from the launching pad, according to correspondent Gallagher Fenwick, reporting from Gaza City.

The French video was released Tuesday.

“This type of setup is at the heart of the debate,” Gallagher reported. “The Israeli army has repeatedly accused the Palestinian militants of shooting from within densely populated civilian areas and that is precisely the type of setup we have here.”

Fenwick and members of his crew were forced to take cover when reporting from the site last week when a rocket was unexpectedly launched.

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