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Britain tells Israel to act proportionately, seeks info on attack on Gaza media tower

The British government says Israel must ensure that its military activities against Hamas are “proportionate,” and it is deeply concerned by the destruction of media offices and other civilian targets in Gaza.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman, Max Blain, says Britain is “in contact with our US and UN counterparts and urgently seeking more information from the Israeli government” on Saturday’s attack, which destroyed a high-rise building housing the offices of The Associated Press and other media organizations. Israel, which warned occupants ahead of the strike, giving them time to leave, said the tower was also used by Hamas as a military asset.

“We are deeply concerned by UN reports that 23 schools and 500 homes, as well as medical facilities and media offices, have been destroyed or damaged in Gaza,” Blain says. He adds that “Israel must make every effort to avoid civilian casualties and military activity must be proportionate.”

Blain also says the UK is concerned about Hamas using civilian areas as cover.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this item.

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