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In the latest attack, an Israeli air raid on Saturday leveled high-rise buildings after the military ordered the evacuation of residents. Inside are several media offices, including The Associated Press and Al-Jazeera — and residential apartments.
The AP’s statement said all employees and freelancers were safely evacuated from the building.Gary Pruitt, the AP’s president and CEO, said the company was seeking a response from the Israeli government.
“We are shocked and horrified that the Israeli military will target and destroy the residential buildings of the AP and other news organizations in the Gaza Strip,” he said. The journalist was there
“We narrowly avoided the loss of lives. Dozens of AP journalists and freelancers are in the building and thanks to which we can evacuate them in time.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced via Twitter that Washington had raised concerns about the safety of journalists to Israeli officials.
We have communicated directly to the Israelites that ensuring the safety and safety of journalists and independent media is a vital responsibility.
– Jen Psaki (@PressSec) May 15, 2021
There was no immediate explanation for the attack that knocked the 12-story building down.
The attacks came just hours after another air strike killed at least 10 Palestinians, mostly children, in densely populated refugee camps. The most severe in the recent conflict between Israeli and Arab forces.
The most recent escalating conflict kicked off last week, with fighting and riots erupting across Israel. Israeli forces shot and killed 11 people on Friday during Palestinian protests in the West Bank.
Hamas this week fired hundreds of rockets into Israel, which attacked Gaza with aerial and artillery fire.At least 139 people were killed in the Gaza Strip and eight were killed. In israel