Erdan to AP CEO: Hamas labored on anti-Iron Dome tech in AP Gaza constructing

Hamas worked on a device to disrupt the Iron Dome missile defense system in the same building in Gaza as the Associated Press’s office, which Israel bombed during Operation Guardian of the Walls, Israeli Ambassador to the UN and US Gilad Erdan said on Monday night.

Erdan relayed the information, in coordination with the IDF, to AP CEO Gary Pruitt and Vice President for Foreign News Ian Phillips in New York.

The ambassador explained that Hamas had intelligence and technological research and development offices in the building Israel struck last month. No one was killed in the strike, after Israel gave advanced warning. 

The target was of “utmost importance,” Erdan said, because of the work on an electronic system to disrupt the Iron Dome system that saved millions Israelis from over 4,000 rockets terrorist groups launched from Gaza.According to the IDF, the site was used by the Hamas terror organization for intelligence R&D and to carry out SIGINT (signals intelligence), ELINT (electronic signals intelligence), and EW (electronic warfare) operations, targeting both IDF operational activity and civilian systems in Israel.

Erdan emphasized Israel’s commitment to freedom of the press, and that Israel does its utmost to avoid harm to civilians, including AP journalists.

“Israel does not think that [AP] workers were aware of the Hamas activities in the building, because it was a secret Hamas unit,” he said.

The ambassador also said Israel will help rebuild AP offices and ensure they will be able to bring equipment into Gaza.

“Hamas is a murdering terrorist organization that tramples freedom of the press when it operates its terrorist enterprise from within civilian populations, including in the building used by international media,” Erdan added.

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