Hamas Militants Storm Palestinian TV Facility

Hamas militants stormed a Palestine TV broadcast facility in the southern Gaza Strip, 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.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zurhi denied Hamas involvement.

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.

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Employees later staged a half-hour strike to protest the building's takeover.

The facility is used to transmit signals for state-run television and radio broadcasts.