Israeli jets leveled a 12-story housing complex containing the media offices of the Associated Press and Al-Jazeera in Gaza last month amid the IDF’s campaign against Hamas militants firing rockets into israel. The tower was one of an estimated 1,000 housing units destroyed, and 1,800 made unfit for living, in 11 days of fighting.
Hamas militants were developing ‘jamming equipment’ meant to disrupt the operation of Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system, inside the Gaza tower razed by Israeli warplanes on 15 May, Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, has said.
The ambassador went on to praise AP, which fired a Jewish journalist over her pro-Palestinian tweets last month, and said israel did not suspect AP journalists to be aware of the Gaza building’s alleged use by Hamas engineers.
“Israel did everything to ensure no employees or civilians were hurt during this operation,” Erdan continued, going on to call Hamas a “genocidal terrorist organization that purposely places its terror machine in civilian areas, including in buildings being used by international media outlets.” The diplomat added that Israel was “willing to assist” AP in rebuilding its Gaza offices.
Israeli planes demolished the media tower during the escalation of tensions between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza into a full-scale military confrontation last month, with an IDF officer calling the…