Israel pounded Gaza on Saturday, destroying a tower block that housed news international media outlets.
Israel’s military brought down a 12-storey block in Gaza City that housed the U.S. Associated Press and Qatar-based Al Jazeera media operations, as well as other offices and apartments.
Palestinians say at least 140 people, including 39 children, have been killed in Gaza since the one-sided war declared by Israel on Monday. Israel has reported 10 dead, including two children, after Hamas in retaliation hot rockets in Israeli cities.
Israel gave advance warning of the strike so it could be evacuated but rights bodies and media outlets have severely criticized the Israeli military action against the media. IDF claimed later the building was a ‘legitimate military target’ because it contained ‘military assets’ of Hamas.
Ex-WashPost Jerusalem/Mideast correspondent. Now teaching journalism at Stanford Janinezacharia said, “Israeli military reporters are echoing this on TV news, saying that the IDF will continue the attacks in Gaza at least for a few more days to try to stretch the period of calm before the next round of fighting with Hamas.”
This headline says, “IDF spokesman to Hamas: We are only in the middle. Before us will be an intensive night.”