Al Jazeera mentioned Saturday it could not be silenced, after an Israeli air strike on Gaza demolished the constructing housing the Qatar-based broadcaster in addition to US information company The Associated Press.
”It is evident that those that are waging this battle don’t solely need to unfold destruction and dying in Gaza, but in addition to silence media which might be witnessing, documenting and reporting the reality of what’s taking place in Gaza,” mentioned Walid al-Omari, Al Jazeera’s Jerusalem bureau chief.
”But that is unimaginable,” he mentioned on air shortly after the 13-storey Jala Tower in Gaza was obliterated.
”This is against the law amongst a collection of crimes perpetrated by the Israeli military within the Gaza Strip.”
Al Jazeera broadcast footage displaying the constructing collapsing to the bottom after the Israeli air strike, sending up an enormous mushroom cloud of mud and particles.
Jawad Mehdi, the proprietor of the Jala Tower, mentioned an Israeli intelligence officer warned him he had only one hour to make sure the evacuation of the constructing.
Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Gaza, Safwat al-Kahlout, tweeted his despair over the destruction.
”I’ve been working right here for 11 years. I’ve lined many occasions from this constructing… now the whole lot, in two seconds, simply vanished,” he mentioned.
Israel alleged its “fighter jets attacked a high-rise building which hosted military assets belonging to the military intelligence of the Hamas terror organisation”.
“The building also hosted offices of civilian media outlets, which the Hamas terror group hides behind and uses as human shields,” it mentioned.
Israeli air and artillery strikes on Gaza since Monday have killed 139 folks together with 39 youngsters, and wounded 1,000 extra, well being officers within the coastal enclave say.
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