The Associated Press director called for an independent investigation into the Israeli airstrike that destroyed the Gaza City building that housed the AP, Al-Jazeera and other media outlets, on the grounds that the public deserves to know the facts. The same Ap. Reporters Without Borders also separately asked the International Criminal Court to investigate the bombing.
For Sally Buzbee, AP’s executive director, the Israeli government has yet to provide clear evidence in support of its attack, which leveled al-Jalaa’s 12-story tower. The Israeli army, which gave AP reporters and other tenants about an hour to evacuate before the attack, said Hamas had a military intelligence and weapons development office in the building.
And US Secretary of State Antony Blinken asked Israel to clarify the “justification” for the attack on the Gaza building where some of the media are located. Speaking from Copenhagen, where he is visiting, Blinken then called on Israelis and Palestinians to “protect civilians, especially children”, reiterating that Israel, “as a democracy, has a special duty” to do so. The secretary of state said the US “continues to conduct intense diplomatic activity to end the current cycle of violence” and that it is ready to “support the parties if they reach a ceasefire”.
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