The White House said Saturday that it communicated its concerns to Israel over an airstrike launched in Gaza that destroyed a building that housed several news organizations, including The Associated Press.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted following the strike on the evacuated building that the safety of journalists is “paramount.”
“We have communicated directly to the Israelis that ensuring the safety and security of journalists and independent media is a paramount responsibility,” Psaki wrote.
We have communicated directly to the Israelis that ensuring the safety and security of journalists and independent media is a paramount responsibility.
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) May 15, 2021
It was not immediately clear how or by whom the message was communicated.
The message came after Israeli forces flattened the building, which housed the AP and Al Jazeera, among other outlets, in Gaza City. The military informed the owner of the building that occupants had an hour to leave before the structure would be bombed.
The strike sparked rebukes from news organizations, which said the attack would curtail journalists’ ability to report on the escalating violence between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip.
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Source: the Hill