Israel destroys building housing media

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GAZA CITY: An Israeli air strike Saturday demolished the 13-floor building, housing Qatar-based Al Jazeera television and American news agency The Associated Press (AP) in the Gaza Strip, journalists said.

Israel “destroyed Jala Tower in the Gaza Strip, which contains the Al Jazeera and other international press offices,” Al Jazeera said in a tweet, with an AP journalist saying the army had warned the tower´s owner ahead of the strike.

Al Jazeera broadcast footage showing the building collapsing to the ground after the Israeli air strike, sending up a huge mushroom cloud of dust and debris. Jawad Mehdi, the owner of the Jala Tower, said an Israeli intelligence officer warned him he had just one hour to ensure the evacuation of the building.