Walid al-Omari, Al-Jazeera’s Jerusalem bureau chief.
- After the occasions that noticed a tower housing a few of their workplaces in Gaza collapsed, Al Jazeera has spoken out.
- According to media reviews, the constructing incorporates a number of flats and their workplaces, together with US-based AP’s working area.
- Events that unravelled noticed the constructing collapsed after a missile strike, an hour after the constructing proprietor was warned to evacuate.
Al Jazeera stated on Saturday it will 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 struggle do not solely need to unfold destruction and dying in Gaza, but in addition to silence media which can be witnessing, documenting and reporting the reality of what’s occurring in Gaza,” Walid al-Omari, Al Jazeera’s Jerusalem bureau chief stated.
”But that is inconceivable,” he stated on air shortly after the 13-storey Jala Tower in Gaza was obliterated.
”This is a criminal offense amongst a collection of crimes perpetrated by the Israeli military within the Gaza Strip.”
WATCH | Gaza tower housing AP, Al Jazeera collapses after missile strike – witness
Al Jazeera broadcast footage showing the building collapsing to the ground after the Israeli air strike, sending up a huge mushroom cloud of dust and debris.
Jawad Mehdi, the owner of the Jala Tower, said an Israeli intelligence officer warned him he had just one hour to ensure the evacuation of the building.
Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Gaza, Safwat al-Kahlout, tweeted his despair over the destruction.
”I have been working here for 11 years. I have covered many events from this building… now everything, in two seconds, just vanished,” he said.
Plumes of smoke rise above key media buildings hit by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, on 15 May 2021.
Mahmud Hams / AFP
A ball of fireside erupts from the Jala Tower as it’s destroyed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, managed by the Palestinian Hamas motion, on 15 May 2021.
Mohammed Abed / AFP
Israel alleged its “fighter jets attacked a high-rise constructing which hosted army belongings belonging to the army intelligence of the Hamas terror organisation”.
“The constructing additionally hosted workplaces of civilian media shops, which the Hamas terror group hides behind and makes use of as human shields,” it said.
Israeli air and artillery strikes on Gaza since Monday have killed 139 people, including 39 children, and wounded 1 000 more, health officials in the coastal enclave say.
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