A building in Gaza that houses international media offices such as Al Jazeera and the Associated Press was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike.
An hour before the attack, the Israeli army informed the owner of the Al-Jalaa tower of the strike. The Associated Press workers and those in the building were immediately evacuated.
The news comes just hours after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City killed at least ten Palestinians, the majority of whom were teenagers, according to the Associated Press.
Extraordinary watching @AJEnglish report live on Israel destroying its offices in #Gaza in an airstrike, the shock from the correspondent and anchor. It also houses the @AP offices as well. Surreal. pic.twitter.com/CNjPV5Nitl— Bel Trew (@Beltrew) May 15, 2021
Palestine has seen some of the most widespread demonstrations in years as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues to intensify. Hundreds of young protesters clashed with Israeli forces, killing at least 11 people so far, according to the Associated Press.
“After attacking the civilian tower in Gaza, the citizens of Tel Aviv and the center [of occupied Palestine] should be worried and waiting for our decisiveresponse,” said Abu Obeida, a spokesman for Hamas’ armed wing, the Qassam Brigades..
The tower also housed a number of apartments and offices.
According to an Israeli military spokesman, the army struck the Gaza media building, which housed “Hamas military intelligence.”
The Army gave people inside the building “ample time to evacuate,” according to the spokesman.
Palestine has seen some of the most widespread protests in years as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues to intensify. Hundreds of young protesters clashed with Israeli forces, killing at least 11 people so far, according to the Associated Press.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has called for a meeting of the world’s largest Muslim nations’ foreign ministers on Sunday. The meeting would focus on Israeli acts of violence against Palestinians and the use of force by Israeli police against demonstrators at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque.
The kingdom will host a virtual summit, bringing together ministers from the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation to “discuss Israel’s aggressive actions.”
Meanwhile, in the occupied West Bank as well as in Israel, conflict is escalating between Israeli settlers and Palestinian residents.
In the occupied West Bank, Israeli security forces have killed at least 11 Palestinians.
Hamas, the Palestinian resistance movement, had set a deadline for the Zionist military to leave Al-Aqsa Mosque by 6 p.m. local time on Monday and release the Palestinians who had been detained.
After the deadline passed, clashes between the Palestinian resistance and the Zionist regime began on Monday.