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Sat May 15, 2021, 12:44 PM

Statement: AP 'horrified' by Israeli attack on its office

Source: AP

NEW YORK (AP) — An Israeli airstrike destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets on Saturday. All AP employees and freelancers evacuated the building safely.

AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt has released the following statement:

We are shocked and horrified that the Israeli military would target and destroy the building housing AP’s bureau and other news organizations in Gaza. They have long known the location of our bureau and knew journalists were there. We received a warning that the building would be hit.

We are seeking information from the Israeli government and are engaged with the U.S. State Department to try to learn more.



CORRECTS DATE TO MAY 15 A view of a 11-story building housing AP office and other media in Gaza City is seen moments after Israeli warplanes demolished it, Saturday, May 15, 2021. The airstrike Saturday came roughly an hour after the Israeli military ordered people to evacuate the building. There was no immediate explanation for why the building was targeted. The building housed The Associated Press, Al-Jazeera and a number of offices and apartments. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa).


Read more: https://apnews.com/article/israel-middle-east-business-israel-palestinian-conflict-f595d0ea0a7e21a4e4974ae55e00024d

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat May 15, 2021, 12:54 PM

1. Bibi

will do ANYTHING to try to regain power. That is all that matters to these degenerates.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat May 15, 2021, 12:55 PM

2. Perhaps because they published this article:

https://apnews.com/article/hamas-middle-east-israel-media-4d942411c64c8ae1e919ae93401f8919

Israeli military accused of using media to trick Hamas
By JOSEF FEDERMAN

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Late on Thursday, after days of airstrikes, Israel announced it was calling up thousands of reservists and amassing troops along the border ahead of a possible ground invasion. In another sign of escalation, Israel began firing artillery shells across the border at targets inside Gaza, according to residents.

That set the stage for the late-night deception. According to Heller, Israel began scrambling forces along the border in what appeared to be final preparations for an invasion. Then came the announcement to the media, issued simultaneously in Hebrew and Arabic on Twitter. There followed alerts in major outlets, including the New York Times, that the invasion was under way.

The Israeli moves sent Hamas fighters rushing into defensive positions in an underground network of tunnels known as “the Metro,” according to Heller and other Israeli reports.

Israel called in 160 warplanes and bombarded the tunnels for 40 minutes, the military said. Heller said it was his understanding that scores of militants had been killed, though he said it was impossible to say.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat May 15, 2021, 01:17 PM

3. They don't want any witnesses....

...to their atrocities. What mobster would?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat May 15, 2021, 01:22 PM

4. Biden needs to hold them accountable, this was an asshole act by a terrible country.

Sorry, that is how I feel. The leader of Israel is despicable and always has been.

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Response to lark (Reply #4)

Sat May 15, 2021, 01:36 PM

5. As is HAMAS. What's in it for IRAN?

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Response to Budi (Reply #5)

Sat May 15, 2021, 01:38 PM

6. Both are bad actors but there's only one totally supported by the USA.

HAMAS is bad on it's own, we help Israel and enable their murderous ways.

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Response to lark (Reply #6)

Sat May 15, 2021, 01:51 PM

7. And what's IRAN doing in the middle of it. Egging on a power show?

Or just being helpful cuz they're such nice peacemakers.

There's more rtfking going on that just Israel & the US...
All I'm saying.
Anyone trust that Iran hasn't some long held deep seated angle here?
Yup.

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Response to Budi (Reply #7)

Sat May 15, 2021, 01:55 PM

8. Iran isn't good either.

They back HAMAS. But this is HAMAS and Israel, Iran is just the funder. There's really no good states there in the ME, all have major issues with the exception of Jordan I believe.

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Response to lark (Reply #8)

Sat May 15, 2021, 02:10 PM

10. True. How ever did Jordan manage to exist among all the mean fkers next door.

The more you study the history of the ME, the more confusing it gets. And there seems no point to how the animosity all started.



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Response to Budi (Reply #10)

Sun May 16, 2021, 10:44 AM

15. Jordan is definitely an outlier in the region.

They were lucky enough to be run by secular folks, and the religious crazies never took off because the people were better treated and that still seems to be the case.

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Response to lark (Reply #6)

Sun May 16, 2021, 12:43 PM

16. Exactly

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Response to lark (Reply #4)

Sun May 16, 2021, 05:19 PM

17. Do you really think that the USA had no idea this was in the works?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat May 15, 2021, 02:02 PM

9. Wonder where the Israel air force is targeting the buildings?


Where are they hitting them to cause them to collapse,

like you see them go when professionals demolish buildings....

Just curious....

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Response to Maxheader (Reply #9)

Sat May 15, 2021, 02:16 PM

11. Well fk. That's another point to consider isn't it.

"Where are they hitting them to cause them to collapse, ..like you see them go when professionals demolish buildings"....

If we knew even some of what our State Dept knows...
I don't think it's as cut & dried as our meager media reports.
But I damn well give chops to any reporter standing with a mic & camera while everything around him is exploding.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat May 15, 2021, 02:27 PM

12. This is a Shocker!!!!

This is a shocker. They don't want reportage of what they are doing. We watch Aljazeera streaming to get another perspective. There is a house bill, the McCollum Bill to stop military aid to Israel if anyone is interested. Israel decided a long time ago to play this tough and to control information. The two state solution fantasy bought them time to grab more and more territory.
My opinion: Some sweet day Israel will be one state with equal rights for all.

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Response to McKim (Reply #12)

Sat May 15, 2021, 03:16 PM

13. You, McKim, are a total optimist.

I don't think the world will last long enough for them to stabilize, climate change will destroy us before Israel decides that Arabs are actually human beings and HAMAS/Iran decides that about Israel.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat May 15, 2021, 05:13 PM

14. The Likud works like the GOP. Bibi will stir up anything to try to cling to power, like trump.

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