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    Israeli Army Raids Palestinian TV Station Office in West Bank - Reports

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    Israeli forces raided the offices of a Palestinian TV station in the West Bank, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Israeli forces raided the offices of a Palestinian TV station in the West Bank, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Friday in a statement condemning the move.

    "The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned Israeli soldiers' raid of the office of Al-Quds TV and that of its affiliate Ram Sat in the West Bank city of Hebron," the statement said.

    Al-Quds TV's Hebron Bureau Chief Alaa al-Rimawi told journalists the Israeli soldiers burst into the station’s office in the early hours of Thursday morning and confiscated memory cards, hard drives and six computers.

    Israeli forces also raided the office of Ram Sat Media, a production company affiliated with Al-Quds TV and confiscated all of the computer hard drives, the statement said.

    Al-Quds TV is affiliated with Hamas and often criticizes the actions of the Israeli government and military.

    An Israeli military spokesperson told journalists the raid was part of a probe into the station's "incitement."

    "The Israeli army is not the arbiter of what constitutes journalism or suspected incitement," Committee to Protect Journalists Deputy Executive Director Robert Mahoney said. "The authorities should return all seized equipment immediately."

    Israeli forces have previously targeted the TV station. In 2012, an Israeli airstrike struck the Gaza office of Al-Quds TV, wounding at least nine journalists, according to media reports.

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