A former Associated Press editor suggested that Hamas did have offices in the agency's Gaza City building, which Israel destroyed over the weekend
Al Jazeera reports on the destruction of the Al Jalaa Tower in Gaza City. Al Jazeera
Israel on Saturday destroyed a building in Gaza City that houses media such as the Associated Press.
Israel said the building also contained Hamas activities that the AP has denied.
However, a former AP editor suggested that Hamas had offices in the building.
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A former Associated Press editor has suggested that the Hamas militant group did indeed have offices in the Gaza building, which Israel destroyed over the weekend.
Israel launched an air strike on Saturday on the Al Jalaa Tower in Gaza City, which houses media such as the AP and Al Jazeera. The Israel Defense Forces said the building also contained military intelligence services for Hamas.
The AP repressed the IDF's claim, saying there was "no evidence that Hamas is in the building".
But Matti Friedman, who was a reporter and editor in the AP's Jerusalem office from 2006 to 2011, contradicted his former employer on Sunday and tweeted: "A conversation with a friend who is currently very familiar with military decisions suggests that is indeed the case with Hamas offices there. "
Insider approached the Associated Press and Friedman for comment.
In a 2014 essay for The Atlantic, Friedman suggested that AP journalists often refused to cover Hamas rocket strikes near their offices.
He said on Sunday that he "did not write [in the 2014 essay] that Hamas operates from the same building and does not know if that is true" before reporting his military source's suggestion that Hamas be there Offices.
The Jerusalem Post quoted Israeli officials Monday as saying they had shared with the US "the smoking gun that proves Hamas works in this building" and they believed the Americans "found that explanation satisfactory".
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later confirmed that statement. State Secretary Antony Blinken said Monday that he had personally "seen no information about a Hamas presence in the building".
The AP's chief editor has also called for an independent investigation into the air strike, and Reporters Without Borders has requested an investigation into whether it was a war crime. The Israeli military gave the AP and other outlets an hour to evacuate the building before the air strike.
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