Israel Military Forces have destroyed a building where offices of international media outlets, including Associated Press and Al Jazeera, were located. People were given a one hour warning before the missile attack.
The building hosting the media offices collapsed following a series of massive explosions apparently caused by the Israeli terror strikes.
When the building owner asked the Israel for some more time to let the journalists retrieve their equipment, the Israeli military denied the request.
The tower also housed a number of other offices as well as some apartments.
An Israeli military spokesman told the media that the tower was targeted because it housed “Hamas military intelligence,” adding that a warning was given before the strike and those inside had “ample time to evacuate.”
It is not the first time Israel has targeted the Gaza buildings housing various media outlets. Earlier this week, Israel also struck two high-rise towers hosting some 20 media outlets, prompting accusations of deliberate attempts to silence the local press.
The developments come amid an ongoing violent standoff between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza.
The conflict was prompted by an Israeli court decision to evict several Palestinian families from an East Jerusalem neighborhood and initially led to massive protests and clashes between the demonstrators and the police followed by a massive rocket attack by the Hamas militant group targeting Israeli cities.
Israeli military intercepted most of the rockets and responded with massive airstrikes targeting Gaza. At least nine Israelis perished in rocket fire, while Gaza health officials reported over 100 killed on their side.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2021.