US secretary of state ‘not seen evidence’ of Hamas in media tower block destroyed by airstrike

US secretary of state ‘not seen evidence’ of Hamas in media tower block destroyed by airstrike
The US secretary of state has said he has not seen any Israeli evidence of Hamas operating in a tower block hit by an airstrike over the weekend, destroying media offices and apartments in the Gaza Strip building.

The US secretary of state has said he has not seen any Israeli evidence of Hamas operating in a tower block hit by an airstrike over the weekend, destroying media offices and apartments in the Gaza Strip prédio.

Associated Press and Al-Jazeera staff were given an hour to vacate their offices, before an Israeli strike hit the tower on Saturday.

The Israeli military said Saturday’s attack on the tower blockwhich sparked backlash from press and human rights groupswas due to Hamas having a military intelligence office in the building.

Antony Blink, the US secretary of state, said on Monday he has not seen any evidence from Israel for this.

He said he had asked Israel for justification for the airstrike on the al-Jalaa tower block, which contained officesincluding for media outletsand apartments.

It comes after Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, claimed the building was a “perfectly legitimate target”.

Speaking to CBS on Sunday, he renewed his claim the Gaza building housed a Hamas office but gave no evidence.

Asked if he had provided any evidence of Hamas presence in a call on Saturday with Joe Biden, Mr Netanyahu said: “We pass it through our intelligence people.

Na segunda-feira, Mr Blinken said: “Shortly after the strike we did request additional details regarding the justification for it.”

He declined to discuss specific intelligence, saying he “will leave it to others to characterise if any information has been shared and our assessment that information”.

Ele adicionou: “I have not seen any information provided.”

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