The Israel Defense Forces says the high-rise building in Gaza that it just destroyed — where several leading international media outlets had offices — housed “military assets” used by the military intelligence wing of the Strip’s Hamas rulers.
The IDF accuses Hamas of “hiding behind” the offices of the press outlets in the Al Jalaa tower and “using them as human shields.”
“The Hamas terror group intentionally locates its military assets in the hearts of civil populations in the Gaza Strip,” it says in a statement.
The military also notes it warned those in the building before the strike and says it gave them sufficient time to clear out.
מטוסי קרב של צה"ל תקפו לפני זמן קצר מבנה רב-קומות הכולל נכסים צבאיים השייכים למודיעין הצבאי של ארגון הטרור חמאס pic.twitter.com/0we6vZl5oA
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