Turkey slams Israel over attack on Anadolu Agency office in Gaza

Israeli military says building also housed Hamas offices

Turkey condemned Israel “in the strongest possible terms” after Israeli warplanes struck and destroyed a building in the Gaza Strip where an office of the Turkish state news agency Anadolu was located.

To underscore Turkey’s anger, three top officials protested, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“We forcefully condemn Israel’s attack against Anadolu Agency’s Gaza office,” Erdogan said in a Twitter post. “Notwithstanding these attacks, Turkey and Anadolu Agency will continue to cry out to the world Israel’s terror and suppression in Gaza and other parts of Palestine.”

The building in Gaza’s Rimal neighborhood housed Hamas’s military intelligence and General Security offices, the Israel Defense Forces’s spokesman’s office said in a statement.

Anadolu says the Israeli army first fired “warning shots” near the building, prompting its employees to leave immediately. Shortly afterward, Israeli airplanes completely destroyed the building with five missiles.

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