Hamas militants briefly storm Palestine TV
Dateline: Khan Younis, 5 June 2006
Date: 06/05/2006 05:00 PM
1. People outside television facility
2. Man holding broken television, pan to man holding broken camera
3. Shot of destruction in office
4. Employees of facility looking through office
5. Broken window
6. Furniture turned over
7. Employees talking to Palestinian security officials
8. Bullet holes in glass
9. Damaged electricity box
10. Close-up of box
11. People at scene
12. Wide silhouette shot of TV transmitter
Hamas militants stormed a Palestine TV broadcast facility in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday, 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.
A Hamas spokesman denied any Hamas involvement in the incident.
About 15 gunmen fired in the air as they entered the building. "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.
Employees later staged a half-hour strike to protest against the building's takeover.
The facility is used to transmit signals for state-run television and radio broadcasts.