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Ensure reporters' safety: White House tells Israel after air raid flattens building that houses media in Gaza City

President Joe Biden has urged a de-escalation, but has publicly backed Israel's right to self-defense from Hamas rockets fired from Gaza.

Published: 15th May 2021 09:56 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th May 2021 09:56 PM   |  A+A-

A building housing various international media, including The Associated Press, collapses after an Israeli airstrike

A building housing various international media, including The Associated Press, collapses after an Israeli airstrike. (Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

WASHINGTON: The White House says Israel has a "paramount responsibility" to ensure the safety of journalists covering the spiralling conflict.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted on Saturday that the US has "communicated directly to the Israelis that ensuring the safety and security of journalists and independent media is a paramount responsibility." 

President Joe Biden has urged a de-escalation, but has publicly backed Israel's right to self-defense from Hamas rockets fired from Gaza.

FULL REPORT | Israeli air raid flattens building that houses international media outlets in Gaza City

The White House statement followed an Israeli airstrike that targeted and destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets.

AP's president and CEO Gary Pruitt said the agency was "shocked and horrified" at the strike.

AP staffers and other tenants safely evacuated the building after the military telephoned a warning that the strike was imminent within an hour.

Three heavy missiles struck the 12-story building, collapsing it in a giant cloud of dust.



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