Associated Press President and CEO Pruitt expressed “shock and fear” at Israel’s launch of a missile and destroying a 12-story building where its office is located.
Agence France-Presse reported that Gary Pruitt said on Saturday (15th) that the Israeli authorities “have always known that we have an office in the building and our reporters are working there.”
Pruitt said: “This is an extremely disturbing development. We almost lost many precious lives.”
The Israeli military confirmed earlier on Saturday that the Israeli military launched a missile at the Jala Tower in the Gaza Strip that day, causing the building to collapse.
An Israeli military spokesman said that there was a “Hamas military intelligence” facility in the building that was shot. He also stated that the Israeli military had notified the personnel in the building in advance and said that they had enough time to evacuate the building.
In addition to the Associated Press office, the collapsed building also houses the office of Al Jazeera.
Reuters stated that the building owner had received the news before the missile attack, and the people in the building had been evacuated before the missile attack.