AP “horrified” by Israeli attack on her office – fr

AP “horrified” by Israeli attack on her office – fr

An Israeli airstrike on Saturday destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed the offices of the Associated Press and other media outlets. All AP employees and freelancers evacuated the building safely.

AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt issued the following statement:

We are shocked and horrified that the IDF is targeting and destroying the building housing the PA office and other news agencies in Gaza. They had known the location of our office for a long time and knew journalists were there. We received a warning that the building would be affected.

The Israeli government claims the building contained Hamas military intelligence assets. We called on the Israeli government to present evidence. The AP office has been in this building for 15 years. We had no indication that Hamas was in the building or active in the building. This is something that we are actively checking to the best of our ability. We would never knowingly endanger our journalists.

We are seeking information from the Israeli government and we are working with the US State Department to try to find out more.

It is an incredibly disturbing development. We narrowly avoided a terrible loss of life. A dozen PA journalists and freelancers were inside the building and luckily we were able to evacuate them in time.

The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today.


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