GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip "A France-based satellite provider is halting broadcasts of the Hamas TV channel to Europe and parts of the Arab world because of concerns that it spreads incitement, a station official said Tuesday.
The decision will deprive Gaza-based al-Aqsa TV of most of its viewers, said the channel`s head, Hazem Sharawy.
The Hamas station -- best known for its children`s programs glorifying violence against Israel -- is the centerpiece of a growing media operation of Gaza`s Islamic militant Hamas rulers. Losing the satellite provider will hamper the group`s attempts to spread its message and raise funds abroad.
The decision to cut off the Hamas station came six years after a similar move by France and the U.S. against al-Manar, the channel of Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah.