Israel Strikes Home of Hamas Leader, Building With Several Media Bureaus

Headline Roundup May 15th, 2021

On Saturday, an Israeli airstrike targeted Gaza city in an area that includes the home of a Hamas leader and an 11-story building that housed an Associated Press bureau and an Al Jazeera bureau. The building allegedly held “military assets belonging to the military intelligence of the Hamas terror organization,” Israeli authorities said, according to Al Jazeera. Israeli authorities reportedly ordered people to evacuate an hour before the airstrike. Al Jazeera condemned the attack in a statement, calling it a "clear act to stop journalists from conducting their sacred duty to inform the world and report events on the ground," while the Associated Press said on Saturday it was “shocked and horrified” by the Israeli air attack. Hamas continued to strike Israel over the weekend, including a barrage on Tel Aviv. On Saturday, the White House said that the safety of reporters covering the Gaza conflict "is a paramount responsibility."

The airstrike and details of the attack received wide coverage from across the political spectrum. Coverage from the right tended to focus on statements from the Israeli Defense Forces; coverage from the center and left tended to highlight statements from Al Jazeera and the Associated Press.

Israel Strikes Home of Hamas Leader, Building With Several Media Bureaus

From the Left
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The Israeli air force has destroyed a tower block in Gaza City housing the offices of the Associated Press and Al Jazeera in what has widely been decried as an attack on press freedom.

The airstrikes on Saturday – the sixth consecutive day of hostilities between Israel and Hamas – came roughly an hour after the Israeli military ordered people to evacuate al-Jalaa tower.

There was no immediate explanation beforehand for why the 15-storey building was targeted. As well as the two international media organisations, the high-rise was home to...

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From the Center
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Israel slammed the Gaza Strip with airstrikes on Saturday, in a dramatic escalation that included bombing the home of a senior Hamas leader, killing a family of 10 in a refugee camp — most of them children — and pulverizing a high-rise that housed The Associated Press and other media.

The Hamas militant group continued a stream of rocket volleys into Israel, including a late-night barrage on Tel Aviv. One man was killed when a rocket hit his home in a suburb of the seaside metropolis.

With a U.S. envoy...

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From the Right
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An Israeli airstrike demolished an 11-story building in Gaza City Saturday that housed international media offices, including Associated Press (AP) and Al Jazeera bureaus.

The Al-Jalaa tower collapsed after being struck by at least three missiles, according to Al Jazeera. No casualties among the civilians have been reported, as Israeli authorities had ordered people to evacuate an hour before the airstrike.

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