Al Jazeera and AP Offices in Gaza Destroyed by Israeli Bombing – Al Jazeera said it would not remain silent after an Israeli airstrike on Gaza destroyed an office building.
Al Jazeera and AP Offices in Gaza Destroyed by Israeli Bombing
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – According to a report by Al Jazeera, the Al Jala Tower, which houses the offices of several international media outlets, including Al Jazeera and AP (Associated Press), in the Gaza Strip, was destroyed by Israeli airstrikes.
Were there any casualties?
It is not yet known if there were any casualties in the attack, which took place on Saturday (5/15/2021) at local time.
The 13-story building, which housed offices and residences, was obliterated by the bomb.
In a statement, Al Jazeera condemned the attack and called for “all media and human rights organizations to unite to hold the Israeli government accountable.”
“Al Jazeera strongly condemns the shelling and destruction of its offices in the Gaza Strip by Israeli forces and considers this attack a concrete action that prevents journalists from fulfilling their role of informing the world about the true situation on the ground,” the statement said.
“Al Jazeera will take all steps to hold the Israeli government accountable for these attacks.”
The Associated Press said Saturday (5/15/2021) that it was “shocked and threatened” by the Israeli airstrikes.
“This is a very alarming event. It almost cost us our lives,” said Gary Pruitt, president, and CEO of AP.
“With today’s events, the world knows a little bit more about what’s going on in Gaza,” Pruitt added, according to Al Jazeera.
Accused of being headquarters of Hamas group
Meanwhile, Israel announced that fighter jets had attacked a high-rise building that contained military assets owned by Hamas’s intelligence organization.
“The building also contained civilian property in which the Hamas group was hiding as human shields,” the Israeli military said in a statement.
However, these allegations have not been proven. Al Jazeera has denied the allegations.
Al Jazeera reporter Safwat al-Kahlout said, “I have been working in this office for more than 10 years, and there has never been anything (suspicious).” He said. Reporting from Gaza.
Mr. Pruitt told Al Jazeera that he had confirmed this testimony.” All I can say is that we have been working here for about 15 years. I am convinced that there is no Hamas presence there,” he said.
Al-Khalaout, who was in the building before the incident, said that he and his colleagues had been warned by Israeli forces an hour earlier that an attack was planned.
“We recovered everything we could, from personal items to office equipment, especially cameras,” Al-Khalaout said.
After the evacuation, he witnessed at least three Israeli missiles hitting the building where he had worked for 11 years.
Since Monday, at least 140 people, including 39 children and 22 women, have been killed in attacks by Israeli forces on the Gaza Strip.
On the Israeli side, nine people were killed in rocket attacks by Hamas.