Israeli forces have raided a Palestinian media organisation's office in the occupied West Bank as rights groups voice criticism over what they call growing press violations, particularly during clashes and demonstrations.
Around 4am local time on Sunday, Israeli soldiers used crowbars to break down the door of the International Middle East Media Centre's headquarters in Bethlehem, a Palestinian city in the central West Bank. The incident was captured on tape.
Speaking to Al Jazeera, Alexandra Halaby, a senior contributing editor at IMEMC, said that the soldiers "ransacked our office, breaking down the door and proceeding to throw computers on the ground".
"We are dumbfounded by the raid on our office," Halaby said. "There was no excuse given, no reason given."
An Israeli army spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.
"Because we're an independent news organisation, we don’t have a lot of funds. Now we’re forced to pay for our destroyed office and computers and finding funds."
“It was clearly intentional because they did it before," she said, adding that the group's office was raided in 2002, during the Second Intifada.
During the first week of October, Israeli forces were accused of committing at least seven press violations, including striking a journalist with live ammunition.
"Israeli occupation forces are both directly and indirectly targeting journalists," Mousa Rimawi, director of the Palestinian Centre for Development and Media Freedoms, told Al Jazeera last week.