Israeli Air Strike Destroys Gaza Tower Housing AP, Al Jazeera Offices

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Gaza tower housing AP, Al Jazeera collapses after Israeli missile strike in Gaza City on Saturday. — Reuters

GAZA – An Israeli air strike destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated PressAl Jazeera and other media outlets on Saturday, the latest step by the military to silence reporting from the territory amid its battle with Hamas.

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.

In a phone call with the officer, AFP heard him beg for an extra 10 minutes to allow journalists to retrieve their equipment before leaving.

“Give us ten extra minutes,” he urged, but the officer on the other end of the line refused.

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