Al-Jazeera and AP media building in Gaza destroyed by IDF
The Israeli army carried out a strike on Saturday on the ten-story building housing the premises of the Qatari television station Al-Jazeera and the American news agency Associated Press (AP) in the Gaza Strip, AFP journalists observed.
“An Israeli strike devastated the tower that houses the PA offices in Gaza City,” wrote on Twitter Jon Gambrell, a reporter for the US agency. “The army warned the owner of the tower in which AP has its premises that it would be targeted” by a strike, he wrote shortly before.
The US news agency AP said it was “shocked and horrified” by the Israeli strike. “This is an incredibly worrying development. We narrowly avoided terrible loss of life, ”agency boss Gary Pruitt said in a statement. “The world will be less informed about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today,” he added.
The building collapses
AFP journalists saw the 13-story tower sprayed with several missiles. Al-Jazeera channel confirmed on Twitter that its offices were in the building and broadcast live footage of the tower collapsing in a cloud of dust. Asked by AFP, the Israeli army did not react to this information immediately.
“Bombs could fall on our desk. We ran the stairs from the 11th floor and now look at the building from afar, praying that the army will eventually retract, ”Fares Akram, correspondent for AP in Gaza, tweeted shortly before the raid.
The balance sheet grows heavier
The Islamist Hamas movement in power in Gaza and Israel have been exchanging deadly shots since Monday from and to the Palestinian enclave of two million inhabitants. The last assessment of the Palestinian authorities reported Friday evening of 139 dead, among which 39 children, and 1000 wounded in the Israeli bombardments.
More than 2,300 rockets have been launched by Palestinian armed groups into Israeli territory since Monday, killing nine people, including a child and a soldier, and injuring more than 560. According to the army, the “Iron Dome” anti-missile shield intercepted more than half of these missiles.
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