Israel demolishes Al Jala building that housed Al Jazeera and Associated Press journalists in Gaza

The attack has stunned many in the media, including former Vancouver journalist Imtiaz Tyab, who worked there for years

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      Israel's military operation in Gaza is attracting international criticism today after a high-profile airstrike.

      The Israeli Defence Forces targeted the Al Jala building that housed Al Jazeera and Associated Press. 

      Staff were given one hour's notice to evacuate.

      The IDF claimed that Hamas was using the building and relying on the journalists as "human shields".

      The attack has stunned many in the media.

      "I'm in shock," CBS News correspondent and former Vancouver resident Imtiaz Tyab tweeted. "That building was my office for years. Now gone in an Israeli air attack.

      "The BBC and AP also had offices there, but most of the floors were residential," he continued. "So many more families are homeless in Gaza tonight."

      Al Jazeera said that journalists were not allowed to remove their equipment.

      "Targeting journalists is a war crime," the Qatar-based news service added.

      White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted that the Biden administration has communicated directly to the Israelis "that ensuring the safety and security of journalists and independent media is a paramount responsiblity".

      Below, you can read NPR reporter Daniel Estrin's account of his interview with Mark Regev, a senior adviser to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

       

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