US asks Israel for 'justification' for strike on media building in Gaza

Agence France Presse . Copenhagen, Denmark | Published: 19:28, May 17,2021


US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday the US had requested ‘details’ and a ‘justification’ from Israel for an air strike on a Gaza building housing international media outlets.

Blinken added that he had not personally seen any information shared by Israeli authorities, and therefore did not want to comment on the legitimacy of the strike.

‘Israel has a special responsibility to protect civilians in the course of its self-defence, and that most certainly includes journalists,’ Blinken told a Copenhagen press conference.

On May 15, an Israeli airstrike on Saturday demolished the 13-floor 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 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.

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