Israel warned residents of the constructing, which additionally housed residential flats and the AP bureau, to evacuate an hour earlier than air raid.

A constructing that housed worldwide media workplaces together with Al Jazeera’s within the Gaza Strip has been hit by an Israeli air raid that demolished the construction.

It was not instantly clear if there have been casualties in Saturday’s assault. Stay Al Jazeera video confirmed the 11-storey Al-Jalaa constructing, which additionally homes various residences and different workplaces, crashing to the bottom after being bombed as mud and particles flew into the air.

The constructing additionally housed The Related Press information company bureau.

Al Jazeera’s Safwat al-Kahlout, reporting from Gaza Metropolis, mentioned a resident of the constructing obtained a name from the Israeli military warning of the approaching assault about an hour earlier than it was hit.

Smoke rises after a constructing housing residential buildings, in addition to Al Jazeera and The Related Press workplaces, collapsed following Israeli air raids [Screen grab/ Al Jazeera]

Al-Kahlout, who was within the constructing on the time, mentioned he and colleagues “began to gather as a lot as they may, from the private and tools of the workplace, particularly the cameras”.

After watching at the least three missiles hitting the constructing, and its subsequent collapse, al-Kahlout mentioned he had labored on the constructing for 11 years, and sometimes did dwell reporting from its roof.

“I’ve been protecting a lot of occasions from this constructing,” he mentioned. “We now have a lot of good reminiscences with our colleagues.”

Scores of buildings have been demolished, typically after a warning cellphone name or missile “faucet”, by Israeli assaults within the Palestinian enclave.

“Now, one can perceive the sensation of the folks whose properties have been destroyed by such sort of air assaults,” al-Kahlout mentioned. “It’s actually troublesome to get up at some point and then you definately realise that your workplace will not be there with all of the profession experiences, reminiscences that you simply’ve had.”

In the meantime, AP mentioned Saturday it was “shocked and horrified” by the Israeli airstrike.

“That is an extremely disturbing growth. We narrowly averted a horrible lack of life,” AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt mentioned in an announcement.

“The world will know much less about what is going on in Gaza due to what occurred immediately,” Pruitt mentioned.

Israel alleged its “fighter jets attacked a high-rise constructing which hosted army belongings belonging to the army intelligence of the Hamas terror organisation. The constructing additionally hosted workplaces of civilian media retailers, which the Hamas terror group hides behind and makes use of as human shields,” it mentioned.

In Gaza, at the least 140 folks have been killed, together with 39 youngsters and 22 ladies, because the Israeli bombardment started on Monday.

In Israel, at the least 9 folks have been killed in rocket assaults from armed teams in Gaza.

Early on Saturday, an air assault hit a three-storey home in Gaza Metropolis’s Shati refugee camp, killing eight youngsters and two ladies from an prolonged household.