Israel Destroys Gaza Building That Housed AP and Al Jazeera Offices

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Earlier this week, clashes between Arab families who have been evicted from their homes in East Jerusalem and Israeli police spilled over into a large-scale confrontation, with Gaza and Israel firing missiles at each other.

On Saturday, Israeli forces attacked the Jala Tower in Gaza City, which housed the newsrooms of the Associated Press and Al-Jazeera, as well as residential apartments. The airstrike completely destroyed the building.

According to the IDF, Tel Aviv targeted the tower because the Palestinian Hamas group was allegedly using it for military intelligence purposes.

AP CEO and President Gary Pruitt issued a statement saying his company was shocked to learn about the Israeli attack.  

Check out Sputnik's gallery to see the moment of the strike and its aftermath.

© AFP 2022 / Mahmud HamsA ball of fire erupts from the Jala Tower as it is destroyed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza city controlled by the Palestinian Hamas movement, on 15 May, 2021. - Israeli air strikes pounded the Gaza Strip, killing 10 members of an extended family and demolishing a key media building, while Palestinian militants launched rockets in return amid violence in the West Bank. Israel's air force targeted the 13-floor Jala Tower housing Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television and the Associated Press news agency.
A ball of fire erupts from the Jala Tower as it is destroyed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza city controlled by the Palestinian Hamas movement, on 15 May 2021. - Sputnik International
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A ball of fire erupts from the Jala Tower as it is destroyed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza city controlled by the Palestinian Hamas movement, on 15 May, 2021. - Israeli air strikes pounded the Gaza Strip, killing 10 members of an extended family and demolishing a key media building, while Palestinian militants launched rockets in return amid violence in the West Bank. Israel's air force targeted the 13-floor Jala Tower housing Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television and the Associated Press news agency.
© AP Photo / Mahmud HamsSmoke billows from a building housing various international media, including The Associated Press, after the Israeli airstrike.
Smoke billows from a building housing various international media, including The Associated Press, after the Israeli airstrike. - Sputnik International
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Smoke billows from a building housing various international media, including The Associated Press, after the Israeli airstrike.
© AP Photo / Hatem MoussaA view of the 13-story building moments after it was hit.
A view of the 13-story building moments after it was hit.   - Sputnik International
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A view of the 13-story building moments after it was hit.
© AP Photo / Hatem MoussaAnother view of the ill-fated building.
Another view of the ill-fated building.   - Sputnik International
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Another view of the ill-fated building.
© REUTERS / Mohammed SalemThe tower collapses after the Israeli missile strike in Gaza.
The tower collapses after the Israeli missile strike in Gaza.  - Sputnik International
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The tower collapses after the Israeli missile strike in Gaza.
© AP Photo / Khalil HamraAnother view as the building collapses.
Another view as the building collapses.   - Sputnik International
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Another view as the building collapses.
© REUTERS / Suhaib SalemSmoke rises from the wrecked building.
Smoke rises from the wrecked building.  - Sputnik International
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Smoke rises from the wrecked building.
© REUTERS / Mohammed SalemThe debris of Jala Tower.
The debris of Jala Tower.  - Sputnik International
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The debris of Jala Tower.
© REUTERS / Mohammed SalemThe building has been reduced to rubble.
The building has been reduced to rubble.  - Sputnik International
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The building has been reduced to rubble.
© AP Photo / Khalil HamraA Palestinian policeman stands in the rubble.
A Palestinian policeman stands in the rubble.  - Sputnik International
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A Palestinian policeman stands in the rubble.
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