Israel’s army destroyed in an airstrike Saturday the 13-storey building housing Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television and American news agency The Associated Press in the Gaza Strip.
Israel destroyed Jala Tower in the Gaza Strip, which contains the Al-Jazeera office and other international press offices, Al-Jazeera said in a tweet, with an AP journalist saying the army had warned the tower’s owner ahead of the strike.
The building also contained a number of apartments and other offices.
Video footage broadcast by Al Jazeera showed the moment the 12-storey building collapsed after the strike as plumes of dark smoke rose in the sky.
The Israeli airstrike in Gaza came hours after another Israeli air raid on a densely populated refugee camp killed at least 10 Palestinians from an extended family, mostly children, in the deadliest single strike of the current violence.
In Gaza, at least 144 people have been killed since Monday, including 39 children and 22 women. In Israel, eight people have been killed, including a 5-year-old boy and a soldier.
Early Saturday, an Israeli airstrike hit a three-story house in Gaza City’s Shati refugee camp, killing eight children and two women from an extended family.
The Israeli fighter jets also destroyed a 14-storey building that housed businesses as well as media offices in Gaza City after dropping two bombs.
The building was located in the old Roman neighbourhood, on the busiest shopping street in Gaza.