Al Jazeera Journalists Under Fire in Gaza, Blame Israeli Foreign Minister

Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman speaks during a news conference at the Knesset Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Two “very precise shots” were fired into Al Jazeera’s bureau in Gaza City, the Qatar-based news organization reported. No injuries were reported, but the building, situated in a residential area of Gaza City, has been evacuated.

Yesterday, Israel’s foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman said he planned to push Al Jazeera out of Israel, as International Business Times reported. "The foreign minister’s comments were a direct threat against us and appear to have been taken as a green light for the targeting of our journalists in Gaza. We hold the Israeli authorities fully responsible. They have put the lives of journalists in danger," Al Jazeera said in a statement.

The Israel Defense Forces told foreign journalists in Gaza on the first day of its ground offensive that it would not be “in any way responsible for injury or damage that may occur as a result of field reporting.”

So far, one journalist, Khaled Hamad, a cameraman working for Continue TV Production, has been killed during the offensive, The Guardian reported.