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Al Jazeera is furious after Israel closes the channel’s offices

Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera on Sunday denounced a decision by the Israeli government to close its offices in the country, saying it would use “all available options” to protect its rights and employees.

It comes after the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that his cabinet had unanimously decided to close Al Jazeera’s operations in Israel.

Israel accuses the Doha-based broadcaster of biased reporting on the ongoing war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

On Sunday, Al Jazeera categorically denied the accusation.

“The Netanyahu government has decided to endorse the order to close Al Jazeera offices in Israel in a highly misleading and defamatory manner,” the network said.

The channel condemned what it called an “Israeli criminal act” that violates the human right to access information.

“We affirm that we will pursue all avenues before international and legal organizations to protect our rights and crews,” it added, without elaborating.

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Last month, Israel’s parliament passed the so-called ‘Al Jazeera law’, which allows broadcasters to be shut down from abroad if they are deemed to pose a risk to state security.

Since the start of the Gaza war, Al Jazeera has reported extensively on the catastrophic situation in the Gaza Strip, showing images of death and destruction rarely seen on Israeli television.

The channel also regularly shows videos of attacks on Israeli soldiers by the military branch of Hamas, the Qassam Brigades.

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