Israel PM Says Gaza Building Housing Media Was "Perfectly Legitimate Target"

Israel PM Says Gaza Building Housing Media Was "Perfectly Legitimate Target"

Mr. Netanyahu said precaution was taken to ensure that there were no civilian injuries (file)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday defended the strike on the Gaza tower that housed the Associated Press and Al Jazeera bureaus, alleging it also hosted a Palestinian "terrorist" intelligence office.

"Here's the intelligence we had," Netanyahu told CBS News. "An intelligence office for the Palestinian terrorist organization (was) housed in that building that plots and organizes the terror attacks against Israeli civilians."

"So it is a perfectly legitimate target. I can tell you that we took every precaution to make sure that there were no civilian injuries, in fact, no deaths," Netanyahu told the network's show "Face the Nation."

The Associated Press said Israel had not yet provided it with evidence of terrorist activity in the building, which was reduced to rubble by the strike.

"What the AP would like is... an independent investigation into what happened yesterday," AP executive editor Sally Buzbee told CNN.

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