At 3.20 p.m. local time on 15 May, israel’s IDF destroyed a building in the Gaza Strip with a number of media outlets, including al-Jazeera and Associated Press affiliates.
Just now, the Associated Press issued a statement on its official website confirming that the building was hit by an air strike and saying that all Associated Press employees had been safely evacuated from the building.
Gary Pruitt, president and chief executive of the Associated Press, confirmed in a statement that Israeli forces attacked and destroyed the building where the Associated Press and other news organizations are based in Gaza City.
“We were shocked and frightened,” he said in a statement. They already knew where we were and they knew there were journalists stationed there. We received a warning in advance that the building would be destroyed. ”
Pruitt said they are seeking information from the Israeli government and are liaising with the U.S. State Department to try to learn more.
“Such developments are very disturbing. We were nearly killed, and more than a dozen Associated Press and Free Reporters were in the building, but luckily we evacuated them in time. ”