An Israeli airstrike on Saturday targeted and destroyed Jala Tower a highrise building that housed offices of the Associated Press (AP) and Al Jazeera among other media outlets in Gaza City. The Israelis said that it also housed “an important base of operations for Hamas’s military intelligence.”
“The base gathered intel for attacks against Israel, manufactured weapons & positioned equipment to hamper IDF operations,” the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said in a statement on Twitter.
There was universal outrage against the IDF for destroying the media tower. “The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today,” AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said in a released statement. “We are shocked and horrified that the Israeli military would target and destroy the building housing AP’s bureau and other news organizations in Gaza.”