Israeli flattens Gaza building housing media outlets

Gaza tower housing AP, Al Jazeera is seen during a missile strike in Gaza city, May 15, 2021. [Mohammed Salem/Reuters]

An Israeli bombardment flattened the Gaza building, housing the offices of the Associated Press and Al Jazeera news outlets.

The building had been evacuated beforehand after the owner received a warning by Israel in advance of the attack, Reuters news agency says.

According to Israel, the building housed “military assets belonging to Hamas and that other occupants were being used as human shields.

Speaking to Al Jazeera Aidan White of the Ethical Journalism Network said the images of media buildings being destroyed are “disgraceful and worst of all reckless.

“The threat to civilian life is completely unacceptable. I think it once again highlights perilous risks facing journalists and media in conflict zones,” White said.

President and CEO of the Associated Press said he is “shocked and horrified” by the “incredibly disturbing” Israeli attack on the al-Jalaa building housing the AP office.