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Israeli airstrike destroys building in Gaza City containing AP, Al Jazeera news bureaus

An Israeli airstrike has destroyed a building in Gaza City which contained offices for the Associated Press and Al Jazeera.

The Associated Press reported that the strike on Saturday came an hour after the Israeli military ordered people to evacuate the building.

The strike demolished the 12-story structure.

The Associated Press reported that an on-air anchorwoman on Al Jazeera, speaking after the strike, said: “Al Jazeera will not be silenced.

“We can guarantee you that right now.”

Al Jazeera shared footage of the building being hit and tweeted: “Israeli air raid flattens building that houses Al Jazeera and other international media outlets in Gaza City.”

The strike comes amid continued conflict between the Israeli military and Hamas.

According to the Israeli military, Hamas has fired some 2,000 rockets toward Israel since Monday. Most of these have been intercepted.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

05/15/21 09.14 a.m. ET: This story has been updated to include photo and new details.

Smoke billows as an air bomb is dropped on the Jala Tower during an Israeli airstrike in Gaza city controlled by the Palestinian Hamas movement, on May 15, 2021.
Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images

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