The White House said Saturday that it communicated its concerns to Israel over an airstrike launched in Gaza that destroyed a building that housed several news organizations, including The Associated Press.
White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen Psaki Infrastructure deal imperiled by differences on financing Biden says he and GOP both 'sincere about' seeking infrastructure compromise MORE tweeted following the strike on the evacuated building that the safety of journalists is "paramount."
“We have communicated directly to the Israelis that ensuring the safety and security of journalists and independent media is a paramount responsibility,” Psaki wrote.
We have communicated directly to the Israelis that ensuring the safety and security of journalists and independent media is a paramount responsibility.— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) May 15, 2021
It was not immediately clear how or by whom the message was communicated.
The Israeli military defended the strike on Twitter, saying it gave people in the building a warning to evacuate. The military said it was one of several buildings targeted to destroy purported Hamas assets.