15 May: Israel strike destroys media tower in Gaza

Media building in Gaza collapses after Israeli airstrike as Palestinian rockets target Tel Aviv area.

Video Transcript

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MARK STONE: The Al Hadeedi children were buried this Saturday, Suhad, Yahya, Abdul Rahman, and Osama.

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MARK STONE: Four brothers who died with them are the Maha, on the heaviest night of bombing the people of Gaza have ever experienced. They had been at their uncle's house to celebrate Eid, the end of Ramadan, when the airstrike came. Their father wasn't with them. He survived. But what now?

MOHAMED AL HADEEDI: [SPEAKING ARABIC]

INTERPRETER 1: There is no future. There's no future from the beginning. You see the city before the airstrikes how the situation is and after the airstrikes. They talk about human rights, children rights, women's rights, and people's rights. From our view in Gaza just so you know, we are normal civilians. We've nothing to do with anything.

MARK STONE: But out of this, some good news. The Al Hadeedi had a fifth boy, Omar. It is a wonder the baby survived, but he did, and he's now recovering in hospital--

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MARK STONE: --in the middle of an enclave in pieces.

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MARK STONE: The Israeli bombardment has continued day and night, yet militants continue to fire their rockets North out of Gaza unguided and with a range that's jolted the Israeli psyche.

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A Tel Aviv beach bar, behind the music, the sound of the air raid siren.

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MARK STONE: People rushed to the shelters.

[SIREN WAILING]

The rocket hit a few miles away on this street in the suburb of Ramat Gan.

[SIREN WAILING]

One man in his 50s was killed by shrapnel, cars were destroyed, and the buildings around damaged. Among the eyewitnesses, local resident Yafa Sela.

YAFA SELA: I am in shock. I'm in shock. I can't believe what happened in Israel. I want peace, only peace, only peace. Arabs in Israel don't war, never war. Never, never, never. Shabbat Shalom.

MARK STONE: This is tragic. This is frightening. But what's happening in Gaza is so much more frightening for the civilians there, the women, the children, the hospitals that are next to buildings that are being hit, the schools that are right next to buildings that are being hit. The proportionality, I think that's what people are interested in.

- I don't know how frightening it is in Gaza. I know that it's very frightening to be a civilian in Israel who knows that they are the target. Our civilians know that they are the target for Hamas. Civilians in Gaza, they may be affected, which is regrettable, and we try to minimize those casualties.

MARK STONE: Back in Gaza just 40 miles to the South, the residents of this building received a call from the Israelis. It was a target, and they had an hour to leave. Its home for Media organizations Al Jazeera and the Associated Press. They left, and it was taken down. The Israelis say Hamas militants also used the building as its military intelligence office. No one was killed. But with media equipment destroyed, it's harder now to get stories and pictures out of here. The president of the Associated Press said he was shocked and horrified. The world will, he said, know less about what's going on in Gaza after this.

[BABY CRYING]

Not far from the building destroyed, Omar Al Hadeedi will continue to be cared for in hospital. He has some hope in a place where it's hard to find. Mark Stone, Sky News, in Israel.

[BABY CRYING]