Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip destroyed a tall building in Gaza City that houses newspaper offices, Al-Jazeera’s office, including those of the agency itself and other media, while the Associated Press described it as the latest move by Israel to silence press coverage from the territories in light of what it described as its battle with Hamas.
The strike came an hour after the Israeli army issued an order to evacuate the building, which also reportedly housed the Al-Jazeera office and other offices and apartments, and the strike led to the collapse of the 12-storey building, causing a strong gust of dust, there was no immediate explanation for the reasons for targeting the building.
The strike came hours after another Israeli strike on a refugee camp in Gaza City, killing at least 10 Palestinians, most of them children, in the bloodiest blow in the current conflict.
The agency noted that the escalating violence in the region raised fears of a new Palestinian uprising, as there had been no peace talks for years.
On Saturday, Palestinians will commemorate the Nakba (Memory of the Catastrophe), when the occupied state of Israel was established in 1948.
On Friday, the American diplomat Hady Amr arrived in the region as part of Washington’s efforts to calm the conflict, and the UN Security Council is scheduled to meet on Sunday to discuss the matter.