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Israel’s warning to Hamas of impending destruction of Al-Aqsa TV building caught on camera

Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |
Israel’s warning to Hamas of impending destruction
of Al-Aqsa TV building caught on camera

 by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

While Hamas has launched hundreds of missiles at Israeli civilian targets in the last 24 hours, Israel continues to warn Palestinian civilians before attacking strategic targets, to minimize civilian casualties.

One remarkable example can be seen and heard in the video of the last minutes of broadcasts from Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV station. Al-Aqsa TV has been inciting to murder of Israelis and Jews for years, and yesterday, Israel decided to destroy its main broadcast building. However, as can be seen and heard, the station received ample warning from the Israeli army and air force to get all their staff out of the building before it was destroyed. In the video, the faint sounds of the three warning missiles that hit the building, as well as shouting of the TV staff can be heard in the background:


WAFA, the official PA news agency, and official PA TV described Israel’s warning and the building’s destruction as follows:

WAFA, the official PA news agency:
"Israeli planes fired three missile alerts, before F16 planes targeted with at least three missiles the al-Quds TV headquarters, destroying it completely... No injuries were reported."
[WAFA, Nov. 12, 2018]
Official PA TV host: 
“Three warning rockets [by Israel], and after them three rockets completely destroyed the building of [Hamas’] Al-Aqsa satellite channel. Thank God there are no wounded among our colleagues and the journalists there. The [Palestine] Broadcasting Corporation has condemned this attack.”
[Official PA TV, Palestine This Morning, Nov. 13, 2018]

The following is the text of the final moments as Hamas TV is interviewing an “expert on security affairs” and then receives Israel’s warning to evacuate before the building is destroyed. After hearing the faint sounds of the explosions of the warning missiles and the shouting, the TV host then states that a “Zionist” attack is impending. Finally, the screen freezes and then goes black for seven minutes.

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Transcript of the video:

Rafiq Abu Hani, Hamas expert on security affairs is talking:
(Boom of Israel's first warning strike is faintly heard)
Abu Hani continues: “The Palestinian resistance’s capability is clear in the Gaza Strip...”
(Two more booms are heard)
Abu Hani: “In other words, this provides us with the difference between the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip...”
Al-Aqsa TV host: “Apparently there are certain events, developments on the ground. Apparently there is a new Zionist attack against the Gaza Strip.”
(Shouting is heard in background)
Al-Aqsa TV host: “I don't know - I’m waiting for a signal from the editing room and from the control room - if there are any developments, they should notify us right now.”
(More shouting heard in background)
Al-Aqsa TV host: “In general, I thank my guests here. And also one last word: The last word is always the word of the Palestinian resistance. Many greetings to these young people who always cared to defend our people...”
(The screen freezes for a minute before going black. Screen stayed black for seven minutes)
[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 12, 2018]
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