Radio station Kan Bet reported that under pressure from the United States, Israel has reconsidered its decision to shut down the live broadcast from The Associated Press office in Sderot.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi to return the equipment seized from the news agency.

After seizing the camera pointed at the Gaza Strip, Minister Karhi stated that the decision was made following the Defense Minister's request to investigate The Associated Press's activities in Sderot.

Israeli officials claimed that AP was broadcasting a live feed of northern Gaza, endangering Israeli soldiers, and that footage was transmitted to the Al Jazeera network, which is banned in Israel.

AP stated that the cameras did not capture the movement of Israeli troops and that the footage only showed smoke rising from various areas in Gaza after Israeli attacks.

Opposition Leader Yair Lapid slammed Karhi, calling the seizure of equipment from The Associated Press news agency "an act of madness."