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White House says Israel’s bombing of news agency building: Keeping journalists safe is a ‘primary responsibility’

Israel Defense Forces: Bombed Gaza International Media Office Building Is a 'Legitimate Military Target'

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 May 15, 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. (Photo by Mahmud Hams / AFP)

May 15 2021, the White House expressed its concern to Israel about its air strikes on the Gaza Strip. The air strike destroyed the buildings of several news organizations, including the Associated Press.

White House press secretary al-Psaki said on social media that the United States had told Israel directly that ensuring the safety of journalists was a “top priority.”

Before the bombing of the Gaza office building by the Associated Press and Al Jazeera, the military informed everyone inside the building that they needed to leave within an hour. Joel Simon, executive director of the Council to Protect Journalists, said the attack was “worrying.”

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