At 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Israeli warplanes bombed a tall building in Gaza City where, among other things, both the AP news agency and Al-Jazeera had editorial activities. An hour before the attack, those at the site were warned, and the buildings were evacuated, as there were also several apartments.
The Israel Defense Forces stated that they carried out the attack as a result of the construction used by Hamas’s Military Intelligence Service.
This information was denied by the owner of the property, Jawad Mahdi, who believes that Israel has no evidence of its claims.
In addition to the tenants, there were law firms, engineers, and some media institutions in the building. Nothing else, Mahdi says al-Jazira.
The accident prompted the United States to go straight to Israel.
“We have directly informed the Israelis that it is important to ensure the security of journalists and free media,” White House Press Secretary Jane Psaki wrote. Twitter.
On Saturday evening, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken expressed his “unwavering support” for journalists and free media around the world, according to a statement.
AP: “We were shocked.”
Both the AP and Al Jazeera condemned the attack in strong terms.
We are shocked and terrified that the Israelis bombed the building where the AP office in Gaza is located. AP CEO Gary Pruitt says they’ve known for a long time that the AP was in place but still bombed:
This building was perfect to let the outside world see what is going on in Gaza and now this building has been destroyed.
The director of the Al-Jazeera office in Gaza, Wael Al-Dahdouh, said that the bombing of the building was not expected.
We might not have thought that the Israeli occupation forces would wreak such havoc when it comes to a building like this.
Reporters Without Borders: Abuse of Freedom of the Press
Eric Halkier, head of the Swedish organization Reporters Without Borders, indicated on Saturday that Israel had already bombed on May 12 and 13 two buildings in two separate attacks in which about 20 newsrooms were operational.
So it’s now about a total of three buildings with editorial activities, it’s an incredible violation of press freedom and it affects the journalists who have to report it, says Eric Halkier for SVT News.