U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the additional information came “through intelligence channels.”
Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said the United States had received more information about Israel’s destruction of an elevated tower in Gaza that housed the local offices of Al Jazeera and The Associated Press. .
“We asked Israel for more information on this issue,” Blinken said at a joint briefing with Iceland’s foreign minister in Reykjavik. “I understand we’ve received more information through intelligence channels, and it’s not something I can comment on,” he said.
He declined to provide further details.
On Saturday, Israel destroyed an 11-story tower in Gaza that housed the offices of Al Jazeera, the AP and other media organizations.
The Israeli army gave one telephone notice to the owner of the al-Jalaa tower – which also houses residential apartments – that people only had an hour to evacuate the building before their fighter jets bombed it.
Israel said the building “contained military property belonging to the intelligence offices of the terrorist organization Hamas.”
Sally Buzbee, the AP’s top editor, said Sunday that they had not yet seen evidence from Israeli officials to justify the bombing and added that her organization wants an independent investigation into the attack.
Ron Dermer, a former Israeli ambassador to Washington and now an adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told CNN that evidence has been provided in Washington.
“The evidence has already been provided, as far as I understand, to U.S. intelligence officials. And that was a place where you had Hamas intelligence information in that building and were involved in activities that would have really diminished, so I understand, our ability to direct ourselves effectively and also undermine our ability to intercept incoming rockets. ”
Dr. Mostefa Souag, acting director general of Al Jazeera Media Network, described the attack as a deliberate act to prevent journalists from doing their job.
“We call on the international community to condemn these barbaric actions and the presence of journalists and demand immediate international action to hold Israel accountable for its deliberate aim against journalists and media institutions,” Souag said Saturday.
Egyptian mediators are trying to negotiate a ceasefire, but the United States has stopped demanding an immediate cessation of hostilities and Israel has so far pledged to continue.
On Monday, U.S. President Joe Biden said he supported stop the fire but he reiterated that Israel has a right to defend itself.
At least 213 people, including 61 children, have been killed in airstrikes in the Gaza Strip since May 10, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health. And in Israel, 12 people have died, mostly from rockets.