Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Israel’s attack on state-run Anadolu agency’s office in the Gaza Strip would not deter Ankara from exposing Israeli crimes and atrocities in the occupied Palestinian territories.
In a post on Twitter early late on Saturday, Erdogan issued a strong condemnation of the attack by Israeli regime forces on Anadolu office in Gaza, which took place several hours before.
“We strongly condemn Israel’s attack against Anadolu Agency’s office in Gaza,” said the Turkish president.
“Turkey and Anadolu Agency will continue to tell the world about Israeli terrorism and atrocities in Gaza and other parts of Palestine despite such attacks,” Erdogan added.
Anadolu’s correspondent in the occupied Jerusalem al-Quds said on Saturday that Israeli forces had fired at least five rockets at the building used by the news agency in Gaza.
The attack was part of a series of airstrikes by the Israeli regime on the besieged enclave which left two people killed.
The airstrikes came a day after the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas targeted regime forces inside the occupied Palestinian territories, killing two of them.
Israel has repeatedly been irked by Turkey’s support for Palestinians, especially since Erdogan restricted diplomatic ties with the regime in the wake of an attack in May 2010 on a Turkish flotilla trying to bring humanitarian help to the people in the besieged Gaza.
Ties were only restored after Israelis apologized for the attack in March 2013.
However, the Saturday attack on Anadolu office in Gaza could cause Ankara to adopt a stronger stance toward an ongoing crackdown on the Palestinians in the territory.
Targeting of @AnadoluAgency #Gaza office is new example of Israel’s unrestrained aggression. #Israeli violence against innocent people w/out distinction is a crime against humanity.Those who encourage Israel are also guilty. Will keep defending #Palestinian cause, even if alone.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the attack on the news agency was a proof Israel was continuously violating the rights of the Palestinians.
“Targeting of @AnadoluAgency #Gaza office is new example of Israel’s unrestrained aggression,” said Cavusoglu on Twitter.
“#Israeli violence against innocent people w/out distinction is a crime against humanity. Those who encourage Israel are also guilty … Will keep defending #Palestinian cause, even if alone,” he added.