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Smoke rises from a constructing housing the Related Press and Al Jazeera media officers, moments earlier than it collapses to the bottom in Israeli air strikes, in Gaza Metropolis Might 15, 2021. — Screengrab from stay Al Jazeera footage

Amid an escalation of violence by Israeli forces, which has already claimed the lives of greater than 100 Palestinians, the Israeli navy on Saturday bombed a 13-storey constructing housing a number of worldwide media places of work together with these of US-based Related Press and Qatar-based Al Jazeera, razing it to the bottom within the course of.

Israel “destroyed Jala Tower in the Gaza Strip, which contains the Al Jazeera and other international press offices,” Al Jazeera mentioned in a tweet, with an AP journalist saying the military had warned the tower’s proprietor forward of the strike.

In accordance with AP: “The airstrike Saturday came roughly an hour after the Israeli military ordered people to evacuate the building. There was no immediate explanation for why the building was targeted. The building houses the Associated Press, Al Jazeera and offices and apartments.”

AP’s Gaza correspondent Fares Akram reported the bombs falling on their workplace. “We ran down the stairs from the 11th floor and now looking at the building from afar, praying Israeli army would eventually retract,” he tweeted.

AJ producer Lina AlSaafin had tweeted concerning the warning, saying that their workplace was given an hour and that colleagues “have already evacuated”. The time stamp on the tweet signifies it was posted at 4:13pm (Pakistan Normal Time).

Al Jazeera broadcast footage exhibiting the constructing collapsing to the bottom after the Israeli air strike, sending up an enormous mushroom cloud of mud and particles.

Jawad Mehdi, the proprietor of the Jala Tower, mentioned an Israeli intelligence officer warned him he had only one hour to make sure the evacuation of the constructing.

In a telephone name with the officer, AFP heard him beg for an additional 10 minutes to permit journalists to retrieve their tools earlier than leaving.

“Give us ten extra minutes,” he urged, however the officer on the opposite finish of the road refused.

Wael al-Dahdouh, Al Jazeera’s bureau chief in Gaza instructed AFP: “It’s terrible, very sad, to target the Al Jazeera and other press bureaux”.

Israeli air and artillery strikes on Gaza since Monday have killed 139 folks together with 39 kids, and wounded 1,000 extra, well being officers within the coastal enclave say.

‘Israel desires to dam the reality from the folks of Gaza’

Two days in the past Palestinian journalist Youmna Elsayed was seen in a video posted by TRT World talking out in opposition to Israeli aggression as buildings shook round her after being pounded a number of instances by Israeli air strikes.

Pointing at a constructing within the close to distance behind her, Elsayed says that Al Sharouk Tower is being focused as a result of it “holds most of the media offices”.

She says the one purpose Israel is focusing on such a tower — pausing to additionally title Al Jawhara Tower which additionally has media places of work — is to “block the truth from the people of Gaza, not to bring it out to the world”.

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