IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Hidai Zilberman deflects criticism of the bombing of media office building in the Gaza Strip.

IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Hidai Zilberman deflected criticism of the military's actions in the Gaza Strip on Sunday and particularly the bombing of a building with media offices on Saturday.

“I want to see what would happen if one rocket was fired on Washington. They are firing salvos toward civilian populations,” Zilberman said when asked about the strike on the building that was home to the Associated Press and Al Jazeera offices in Gaza. “We are in the middle of an operation. If Hamas and PIJ think they can hide behind the media, their buildings are not something they can hide behind.”

The IDF said the building held the offices of Hamas’s military intelligence as well as other offices belonging to Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The IDF has refused requests to reveal the evidence upon which it determined that Hamas was using the office building for terrorist activity.

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Meanwhile Sunday, the Israel Air Force struck the home of Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar and his brother as Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip fired rocket barrages towards central Israel throughout Saturday night.

On Sunday, 26 Gazans died from IDF strikes in Gaza, with 174 total since the escalations began last week. Some 2,900 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel since the beginning of the operation dubbed by the military as “Guardians of the Walls,” of which some 450 fell inside the enclave. The Iron Dome intercepted some 1,150 rockets. Read more at JPost