Israel warned residents of the building, which also housed residential apartments and the PA office, to evacuate an hour before the attack.
A building that housed international media offices, including that of Al Jazeera in the Gaza Strip, was hit by an Israeli airstrike that completely demolished the structure.
It was not immediately clear whether there had been any casualties in Saturday’s attack. Live video from Al Jazeera showed the 11-story al-Jalaa building, which also houses a number of residences and other offices, crashing to the ground after being shelled as dust and debris s ‘flew through the air.
The building also housed the office of the Associated Press news agency.
Al Jazeera’s Safwat al-Kahlout, reporter from Gaza City, said a resident of the building received a call from the IDF warning him of the impending strike about an hour before he was hit .
Al-Kahlout, who was in the building at the time, said he and his colleagues “had started collecting as much as they could, from office staff and equipment, especially cameras.”
After seeing at least three missiles hitting the building and its subsequent collapse, al-Kahlout said he had worked in the building for 11 years and often reported live from his roof.
“I have covered a lot of events from this building,” he said. “We have a lot of good memories with our colleagues”.
The reason why the building was targeted by Israel was not immediately explained, but it comes as dozens of structures have been demolished, sometimes after a warning phone call or a “missile strike” by the military. Israeli attacks in the Palestinian enclave.
The 11-story residential building called Al-Jalaa has now collapsed. pic.twitter.com/VUFxxJCuW3
– Arwa Ibrahim (@arwaib) May 15, 2021
“Now you can understand the feeling of people whose homes have been destroyed by this kind of airstrikes,” al-Kahlout said. “It’s really hard to wake up one day and then you realize that your office is not there with all the career experiences, the memories that you have had.
In Gaza, at least 140 people have been killed, including 39 children and 22 women since the Israeli shelling began on Monday.
In Israel, at least nine people have been killed in rocket attacks by armed groups in Gaza.
Early Saturday, an airstrike struck a three-story house in Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, killing eight children and two women from an extended family.