Israel's attacks on journalists and media facilities during its assault on Gaza in November violated the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday Maan reported.
The attacks in mid-November killed two cameramen, wounded 10 employees of media organizations and caused serious damage to media offices and buildings housing them.
Human Rights Watch says a detailed investigation found no evidence that the sites were being used for military objectives, despite assertions by the Israeli army and government.
"Just because Israel says a journalist was a fighter or a TV station was a command center does not make it so," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.
"Journalists who praise Hamas and TV stations that applaud attacks on Israel may be propagandists, but that does not make them legitimate targets under the laws of war."