NEW YORK — An Israeli airstrike annihilated a tall structure in Gaza City that housed workplaces of The Associated Press and other news sources on Saturday. All AP workers and consultants emptied the structure securely.
Saturday in the Mideast:Israeli airstrikes in Gaza kill 10, annihilate media workplaces for AP, Al Jazeera
AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt has delivered the following articulation:
“We are stunned and shocked that the Israeli military would target and annihilate the structure lodging AP’s dresser and other news associations in Gaza. They have since a long time ago known the area of our dresser and realized columnists were there. We got an admonition that the structure would be hit.
“We are looking for data from the Israeli government and are locked in with the U.S. State Department to attempt to find out additional.
“This is a staggeringly upsetting turn of events. We barely kept away from an awful death toll. Twelve AP writers and consultants were inside the structure and fortunately we had the option to empty them on schedule.
“The world will think less about what’s going on in Gaza in view of what happened today.”
Following the bombarding, the White House reacted by saying Israel had a “fundamental obligation” to guarantee the security of columnists covering the spiraling clash. U.S. President Joe Biden has asked a deescalation in the 5-day struggle among Hamas and Israel, yet has openly supported Israel’s entitlement to self-protection from Hamas rockets terminated from Gaza.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted Saturday that the U.S. had “imparted straightforwardly to the Israelis that guaranteeing the wellbeing and security of columnists and autonomous media is a vital duty.”