In the wake of Israeli crisis, Aljazeera has come out to say it would not remain silent after an Israeli air strike in Gaza demolished its office building in the area. The air strike destroyed the building housing the news house office in Gaza as well as American news agency, The Associated Press.
“It is clear that those who are waging this war do not only want to spread destruction and death in Gaza, but also to silence media that are witnessing, documenting and reporting the truth of what is happening in Gaza,” said Walid al-Omari, Al Jazeera’s Jerusalem bureau chief.
”But this is impossible,” he said on air shortly after the 13-storey Jala Tower in Gaza was obliterated.
”This is a crime among a series of crimes perpetrated by the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip”
An Aljazeera broadcast footage showed the destruction of the building after launching of the air strike by Israeli forces.
Jawad Mehdi, the owner of the Jala Tower, said an Israeli intelligence officer warned him he had just one hour to ensure the evacuation of the building. Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Gaza, Safwat al-Kahlout, tweeted his despair over the destruction.
”I have been working here for 11 years. I have covered many events from this building… now everything, in two seconds, just vanished,” he said.
Israel alleged its “fighter jets attacked a high-rise building which hosted military assets belonging to the military intelligence of the Hamas terror organisation”.
“The building also hosted offices of civilian media outlets, which the Hamas terror group hides behind and uses as human shields,” it said.
Israeli air and artillery strikes on Gaza since Monday have killed 139 people including 39 children, and wounded 1,000 more, health officials in the coastal enclave say.