The 13-storey building called Al-Jalaa Tower was completely destroyed. Media like, among other things, was there. The Associated Press of America and the Al-Jazeera satellite channel. According to the Israeli authorities, Hamas stored the weapons there.
Al-Jazeera reported that the Israeli army had previously warned everyone inside the building of the impending airstrike. A low-powered missile was also dropped on the roof, which – according to IDF practice – was supposed to be the last warning against a large-scale strike.
The position of the United States
“We have directly informed the Israelis that ensuring the safety of journalists and independent media is the highest responsibility,” White House spokeswoman Jane Psaki wrote on Twitter.
Palestinian Authority President Gary Pruitt expressed his anger at the attack. “The IDF has long known the location of our office and has known that there are journalists there. (…) This is a very disturbing event. We have almost avoided heavy loss of life,” Pruitt wrote in a statement. “With what happened today, the world will not know much about what is happening in Gaza,” he added.
The IDF reported that Hamas Military Intelligence was supposed to operate in the building, so the building was a legitimate target for military action and its destruction was possible.
There is already a reaction on the Palestinian side. A spokesman for the armed wing of Hamas announced another missile attack on Tel Aviv and other cities in central Israel.
The tense situation in the Middle East
Riots have erupted in Gaza and Israel since Monday. It was also implemented Rocket attacks. The Gaza Ministry of Health has reported that 145 people have so far been killed, including 41 children. 1100 people were injured.