No explanation was given yet for why the building was targeted.
The airstrike Saturday came roughly an hour after the Israeli military ordered people to evacuate the building. There was no immediate explanation for why the building was targeted. The building housed The Associated Press, Al-Jazeera and a number of offices and apartments.
Associated Press President Gary Pruitt said about the attack: “We are shocked and horrified that the Israeli army has targeted and destroyed the building that houses the office of AP and other news organizations in Gaza. They have known the location of our office for a long time, and they knew there were reporters. We received a warning that the building was going to be hit. We are seeking information from the Israeli government and are engaged with the US State Department to try to find out more. This is an incredibly disturbing development. We narrowly avoided a terrible loss of life. A dozen AP journalists and freelancers were inside the building and luckily we were able to evacuate them in time”. “The world,” Pruitt concluded, “will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today.”
LaPresse President Marco Durante: “I am in line with the message of my friend and President of AP Gary Pruitt: the attack on the building that houses the AP headquarters in Gaza is very serious and also jeopardizes the right of the press worldwide. Fortunately, no one inside the building was injured. All countries must be aware of what is happening in that territory.”
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