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Indian TV Reporter Films Hamas Assembling, Launching Missiles From Residential Area Outside Hotel Minutes Before Cease-Fire (VIDEO)

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NDTV's recording of a Hamas rocket being assembled and launched from outside the window of their Gaza hotel, in a residential neighborhood, minutes before the start of a cease-fire. Photo: NDTV / Screenshot.

NDTV's recording of a Hamas rocket being assembled and launched from outside the window of their Gaza hotel, in a residential neighborhood, minutes before the start of a cease-fire. Photo: NDTV / Screenshot.

India’s NDTV on Tuesday broadcast footage of a group of Hamas militants, gathered outside the television crew’s hotel and hiding under a blue tarp, where they were assembling rockets they launched at Israel from the residential Gazan neighborhood minutes before a cease-fire began.

NDTV reporter Sreenivasan Jain said: “Israel has argued that that these rockets are fired from civilian areas, and this is why its retaliatory strikes can result in civilian casualties.”

“But this morning, NDTV witnessed one such rocket silo being created under a tent right next to the hotel where our team was staying. Minutes later, we saw the rocket being fired, just before the 72-hour ceasefire came into effect.”

NDTV’s Jain said the tent was set-up the day before and three Hamas members returned on Tuesday to assemble the rockets over the course of an hour before setting them off.

Fearing for their own lives, the NDTV team left Gaza before posting the report.

Jain said,”This report is being aired on NDTV and published on ndtv.com after our team left the Gaza strip – Hamas has not taken very kindly to any reporting of its rockets being fired.”

He added that just “as we reported the devastating consequences of Israel’s offensive on Gaza’s civilians, it is equally important to report on how Hamas places those very civilians at risk by firing rockets deep from the heart of civilian zones.”

Watch NDTV’s recording of a Hamas rocket strike.


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