Associated Press chief Gary Pruitt said the agency was “shocked and horrified” by an Israeli airstrike on a building with media offices in Gaza.
Earlier, an Israeli airstrike led to the collapse of a 15-story building in Gaza, where, in particular, the offices of international media, including the Associated Press, were located. It was reported that Israel had issued a “warning” that its forces would attack the building within the next hour.
“We are shocked and horrified by the fact that the Israeli military targeted a building in Gaza that housed the agency’s office and other news organizations and destroyed it. They knew the location of our office for a long time, and they knew that there were journalists there … We narrowly escaped a terrible loss of life,” the agency’s official website quotes Pruitt as saying.
The head of the Associated Press confirmed that Israel had warned the agency about the airstrike.
“There were a dozen journalists and freelancers in the building, and fortunately we were able to evacuate them in time,” Pruitt said.
The agency is currently seeking further information from the Israeli Government and is in contact with the US State Department. “The world will be less aware of what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today,” the head of the Associated Press said.