JERUSALEM – An Israeli army bombing destroyed a building in the Gaza Strip housing the offices of the Associated Press and Al-Jazeera on Saturday. This incident comes on the sixth day of the confrontation between Israel and Hamas, which is the most violent confrontation since the invasion of the Palestinian territories in 2014.
The IDF said it gave civilians in the building advance notice to evacuate. Al-Jazeera said on Twitter that the Israeli army had given them an hour to withdraw from the building.
The Israeli attacks on Gaza killed 139 people, including 39 children, according to medical officials in the Strip. In Israel ten people were killed, including two children. At dawn on Saturday, Ten people from the same family, including eight children, Was killed in an Israeli attack on a refugee camp.
The IDF justified the attack on the building along with the offices, saying that the building contained Hamas military resources.
“An Israeli attack destroyed the building that housed the offices of the Associated Press in Gaza,” John Gambrel, the news agency correspondent, said on Twitter, shortly before the attack. “The army has warned the owner of the building in which the Associated Press office is located that the site will be the target of bombing,” he added.
This is the second time that buildings housing newspaper companies’ offices have been demolished in Israeli attacks in the current attack. Al-Jawhara and Al-Shorouk Buildings It has hosted more than a dozen local and international media outletsAccording to a complaint this week filed by the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Despite extensive Israeli attacks on tunnels used by Hamas to hide weapons, on Friday, rockets by the Islamic movement did not stop and struck Israeli cities.
(This report is being updated)
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