White House Says Safety of Journalists Is ‘Paramount’ After Gaza Building Bombed

White House Says Safety of Journalists Is ‘Paramount’ After Gaza Building Bombed
A ball of fire erupts from a building housing various international media, including The Associated Press, after an Israeli airstrike on Saturday, May 15, 2021 in Gaza City. The attack came roughly an hour after the Israeli military ordered people to evacuate the building, which also housed Al-Jazeera and a number of offices and apartments. There was no immediate explanation for why the building was targeted. (Mahmud Hams /Pool Photo via AP)

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.

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

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