A building housing offices for international media, including the

Associated Press

(AP) and

Al Jazeera

, in Gaza City was hit by an Israeli missile attack on Saturday and collapsed.

Just before the impact, the journalists received a warning and the building could be evacuated.

UN chief António Guterres, among others, is "deeply concerned" about the missile attack.

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Guterres was "deeply concerned about the destruction by an Israeli airstrike today of a tall building in Gaza City where the offices of several international media organizations were located," his spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said in a statement.

He was also "appalled" by the "increasing number of civilian casualties, including the deaths of ten members of the same family, including children, as a result of an Israeli airstrike last night," Dujarric continued.

"The Secretary-General reminds all parties that any attack on civil and media structures is against international law and must be avoided at all costs," he said.

In a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the attack on the media building, US President Joe Biden said he was concerned about civilian casualties in Gaza.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a telephone conversation with

Associated Press


Gary Pruitt that he "steadfastly supports" independent journalists and that reporting in war zones is indispensable.

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Pruitt said in a statement earlier that the attack was a "disturbing development".

“We narrowly avoided a terrible loss of life. A dozen


journalists and freelancers were in the building and luckily we were able to evacuate them in time. The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today. "

According to Israel, there was military equipment from Hamas in the building

According to the Israeli Air Force, the property was a target because military equipment from the terrorist group Hamas was stored.

That movement uses the media organizations as a human shield, the Israelis claim.

Pruitt calls on the Israeli government to provide evidence.

According to him,

AP had

no indication whatsoever that Hamas military equipment was stored in the building.

"This is something that we actively monitor to the best of our ability and actively. We would never knowingly endanger our journalists," he said in a statement.