Israeli Cabinet set to vote on closing Al Jazeera offices

ALBAWABA - According to the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (KAN), the Knesset is set to vote on the closing the offices of the Qatar-based Al Jazeera TV.

KAN said that Attorney-General Gali Baharav-Miara has given the green light for the cabinet to consider the closure of Al Jazeera offices across Israel and banning its website.

The Knesset already passed the legislation paving the way for the closure of the Qatari news guru. There have yet been any statements issued from Al Jazeera commenting on the Israeli move. 

Under the legislation, the communications minister has the authority to shut down international networks operating in Israel and seize their equipment if the defense minister determines that their transmission poses "an actual harm to the state's security."

Al Jazeera has a bureau in Israel and a staff of correspondents working year-round, including covering Israel's continuing conflict with the Gaza Strip.

Hamas military group announced on Oct. 7 a military operation called "Al-Aqsa Flood" against Israel which is the biggest offensive in decades.

Palestinian fighters “infiltrated” Israel from the Gaza Strip and captured military bases and took hostages as photos and videos went viral online showing Hamas fighters on vehicles inside Israel and others paragliding into occupation territory.

In response, Israeli armed forces announced targeting Hamas positions inside the Gaza Strip. Thousands were killed, and dozens of thousands of others were injured in the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.

The latest statistics by the Ministry of Health in Gaza revealed that the death toll from Israeli brutal pounding on the Gaza Strip since October 7 has soared to 34,596+ people, with more than 77,816+ injuries.

Since then, approximately 85% of Gazans have been displaced, all of whom are suffering from severe food insecurity, and the healthcare system has collapsed. Hundreds of thousands of people lack shelter, and aid trucks are entering the area at a lower rate than before the conflict began.

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