- Israel destroys offices of the largest US news agency in Gaza
- “The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today”
- In addition, an attack left 10 dead, mostly children
Israel destroys offices of the largest US news agency in Gaza. An Israeli airstrike on Saturday destroyed a building in Gaza City where the offices of The Associated Press and other news organizations were located.
“We are shocked and dismayed that the Israeli armed forces attacked and destroyed the building that housed the correspondents of the PA and other press organizations in Gaza. They have known the location for a long time,”AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said after the attack.
Israel launches attack on AP offices
“They knew there were journalists there. We received a warning that the building would be attacked, ”revealed the president of the US news agency after Israel’s attack on his offices in Gaza. “We are asking the Israeli government for information and we are in contact with the US State Department to find out more,” the statement added.
Also, Gary Pruitt. He said the PA was requesting “information from the Israeli government and we are in contact with the US State Department to find out more,” before noting that “this is an incredibly disturbing development.”
Consequences of Israel’s attack on Gaza revealed
“All the employees and collaborators of the PA are unharmed, because they left the building before Israel warned that it was going to attack it,” revealed the statement of the president of the news agency. “We have narrowly avoided a terrible loss of life,” he adds.
He also said that “a dozen journalists and AP collaborators were inside the building and fortunately we were able to get them out in time.” Israel’s airstrike was intentionally targeted and destroyed a 12-story building that housed the AP offices in Gaza City on Saturday.
Why did they attack the US agency building?
The building also housed other media outlets, hours after another airstrike, targeting a densely populated refugee camp in the city, killed at least 10 Palestinians from a large family, mostly children.
“The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today,” AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said in a statement. Three heavy missiles hit the building, completely collapsing it in the middle of a gigantic cloud of dust, after reporting an attack involving children, the AP says.
Did they want to ‘keep quiet’ about the situation in Israel?
For 15 years, the AP’s top-floor office and rooftop terrace were a prime venue for covering Israel’s conflicts with the Hamas rulers in the Gaza Strip, including the wars of 2009 and 2014, the agency notes. .
The news agency’s camera offered 24-hour live footage as military rockets flew into Israel and Israeli airstrikes hammered into and around Gaza City this week after the outbreak of the conflict.
They assure that they will not “shut up” about what is happening in the US.
The building was also home to the offices of the Al-Jazeera network, a news network financed by the Qatari government, and residential apartments. Al-Jazeera broadcast the airstrikes live as the building collapsed.
“This channel will not be muted. Al-Jazeera will not be silenced, ”said an Al-Jazeera English presenter, her voice heavy with emotion. “We can guarantee it right now,” he added. The Israeli army said it targeted the building.
Was it for reporting the attack on children?
The above, because it contained equipment from the Hamas intelligence agencies. The Israeli armed forces alleged that these agencies were using the media offices as “human shields”. It did not provide evidence for these claims, AP says.
The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists demanded from Israel “a detailed and documented justification” for the attack. Israel’s other airstrike on the refugee camp, hours earlier, was the attack where at least 10 people died, mostly children.
They claim they want to cover up “human suffering”
“This latest attack on a building that Israel knew housed international media suggests that the Israel Defense Forces are deliberately targeting press facilities in order to disrupt coverage of human suffering in Gaza,” the director said. group executive Joel Simon in a statement.
Both sides are trying to gain advantage as efforts to achieve a ceasefire increase. The latest outbreak of violence began in Jerusalem and spread throughout the region over the past week, with clashes between Jews and Arabs and riots in mixed cities across Israel.
Israel attack in Gaza leaves at least 10 dead, mostly children
There were also widespread Palestinian protests on Friday in the occupied West Bank, where Israeli forces shot and killed 11 people. Israel’s attack on the AP offices by Israel in Gaza followed a deadly Israeli airstrike in Gaza City that killed at least 10 Palestinians, most of them minors, on Saturday.
This was the deadliest episode since the start of the most recent confrontations between Israel and Hamas, the insurgent group that rules the Strip. Both sides are trying to gain an advantage as ceasefire efforts intensify.
Israel ‘goes all-in’ in conflict with Gaza
Hours later, Israel bombed and destroyed the home of Khalil al-Hayeh, one of Hamas’s top leaders in the Strip. The Israeli army said that Al-Hayeh’s home served as part of what it said was the extremist group’s “terror infrastructure”.
Al-Hayeh is an important figure in Hamas’s political leadership in Gaza, and the attack marked a new escalation, indicating that Israel is going after the top leaders of that organization, and not just military commanders. It was not immediately known if he survived the attack, the AP said.
The worst could come soon
The spiral of violence has raised fears of a new “intifada” or Palestinian uprising after years without peace talks between the two sides. Palestinians will mark Saturday the Nakba, or Day of Catastrophe, when some 700,000 people fled or were driven from their homes in what is now Israel during the 1948 war that surrounded its creation.
This could lead to even more disturbances. US diplomat Hady Amr arrived in the region on Friday as part of Washington’s efforts to ease tensions and the United Nations Security Council will meet on Sunday, but Israel rejected an Egyptian proposal for a truce.
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