PA reopens Gaza office after offices destroyed in airstrike

PA President and CEO Daisy Veerasingham, center, speaks outside the newly reopened PA office in Gaza on July 3, 2022. Left to right: Wafaa Shurafa, video producer in Gaza ; Julie Pace, Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief; Veerasingham; Joe Federman, director of information for Israel, Palestine and Jordan; and Fares Akram, correspondent for Gaza. (AP Photo)

Press release | The Associated Press

More than a year after the building housing the news agency’s office in Gaza was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike, The Associated Press today announced the reopening of its offices in the Gaza Strip in a new location.

AP President and CEO Daisy Veerasingham and Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief Julie Pace were on hand to mark the official reopening of the office.

“The resilient AP team in Gaza never wavered, even as our office collapsed and in the weeks that followed,” Veerasingham said. “The Associated Press has operated in Gaza for over half a century and remains committed to telling the story of Gaza and its people.

News agency staff in Gaza have continued to cover the war and its aftermath from temporary workspaces after the office was destroyed last year.

Twelve PA staff and freelancers were inside on May 15, 2021, when the Israeli military telephoned a warning, giving building occupants an hour to evacuate. AP reporters rushed to a nearby tower to capture live video of the building collapsing.

In the days and weeks after the airstrike, the Israeli government claimed that Hamas had operated inside the building. AP has repeatedly insisted that any evidence be made public, but none has been provided.

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