Israeli bombs destroy Gaza media center, take out AP, Al Jazeera and others
Israeli bombs destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed the offices of The Associated Press, AlJazeera and other media on Saturday, the latest move by Israel to silence reporting from Gaza amid its military bombardment. The Israeli airstrike totally demolished the structure.
The 11-storey residential building called Al-Jalaa has now collapsed. pic.twitter.com/VUFxxJCuW3
—Arwa Ibrahim (@arwaib) May 15, 2021
Live AlJazeera The video showed the 11-story al-Jalaa building, which also houses a number of residences and other offices, collapsing to the ground after being shelled as dust and debris flew through the air.
The strike came just hours after another Israeli bombardment of a densely populated refugee camp in Gaza City killed at least eight Palestinian children and two women from an extended family, in the deadliest strike ever. Israel’s current assault.
PA President and CEO Gary Pruitt released the following statement:
We are shocked and horrified that the Israeli army is targeting and destroying the building housing PAof the Gaza bureau and other news agencies in Gaza. They have long known the location of our office and knew that journalists were there. We received a warning that the building would be hit.
We are seeking information from the Israeli government and are in contact with the US State Department to try to find out more.
This is an incredibly worrying development. We narrowly avoided a terrible loss of life. A dozen PA journalists and freelancers were inside the building and luckily we were able to evacuate them in time.
The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today.
AlJazeeraSafwat al-Kahlout, a journalist from Gaza City, said he had worked in the building for 11 years and often reported live from his rooftop.
“I covered many events from this building,” he said. “We have many great memories with our colleagues.”
It was not immediately clear why the building was targeted by Israel.
“Now no one can understand the feeling of the people whose homes were destroyed by this kind of airstrikes,” al-Kahlout said. “It’s really hard to wake up one day and then realize that your office isn’t there with all the career experiences, the memories you’ve had.”
If journalistic solidarity means anything, it should mean, at a bare minimum, talking unreservedly about Israel tearing down the building housing media organizations such as the Associated Press and Al-Jazeera pic.twitter.com/0rBdIt7dhU
—Owen Jones🌹 (@OwenJones84) May 15, 2021
BREAKING: An Israeli airstrike flattens a building housing the offices of the Associated Press and Al Jazeera.
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— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 15, 2021