Two of the world’s largest media organizations have witnessed the destruction of their offices after the Israeli army launched air strikes.
Hundreds of journalists have seen their offices shrunk to rubble after the Israeli army launched airstrikes.
The airstrike destroyed a 13-story building containing Qatar-based Al Jazeera television and the Associated Press in the Gaza Strip, an American news agency.
Israel said in a tweet that it “destroyed the Jara Tower in the Gaza Strip, including Al Jazeera and other international media outlets,” and AP journalists said the military warned the tower owners before the strike.
Al Jazeera broadcast a video showing that the building fell to the ground after the Israeli airstrike, sending out a huge mushroom cloud of dust and debris.
Jara Tower owner Jawad Medi said Israeli intelligence agents warned that there was only one hour to ensure the evacuation of the building.
On a phone call with a police officer, AFP heard the journalist begging for another 10 minutes to retrieve the equipment before leaving.
“Give us another 10 minutes,” he urged, but the police officer on the other side of the line refused.
Waelal-Dahdouh, Al Jazeera’s Gaza bureau chief, told AFP:
Israel claimed that “fighters attacked skyscrapers containing military assets belonging to the military intelligence of the Hamas terrorist organization.”
“The building also hosted a private media office hidden behind and used by the Hamas terrorist group as a human shield,” he said.
Airstrikes and shelling in Israel’s Gaza since Monday have killed 139 people, including 39 children, and injured another 1,000, according to coastal health officials.
— With wire
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