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The Associated Press Denies Any Knowledge Gaza Office Building Was Shared With Hamas After Israeli Airstrike

The Associated Press denied any knowledge that the Jala Tower—which was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike—was also being shared by Hamas, a designated terror group, as claimed by top Israeli leaders. AP CEO Gary Pruitt issued a statement over the weekend denying that the newswire service knew Hamas terrorists were operating in the building, located in the Gaza Strip. The Jala Tower also hosted Qatar-backed media outlet Al Jazeera and other news organizations. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), however, told local media that the Jala Tower hid “military assets” belonging to Hamas and accused the group of using AP, Al Jazeera, and other news outlets in the building “as human shields.” The IDF continued: “The Hamas terror group intentionally locates its military assets in the hearts of civil populations in the Gaza Strip.” But Pruitt said in a statement that he was “shocked and horrified that the Israeli military would …

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