Turkey: Opposition blasts attack on Anadolu Gaza office

Alaturka Amerika ABD Haberleri

UPDATES WITH MHP LEADER CONDEMNATION, MORE BACKGROUND; REVISES HEADLINE, DECK, AND LEDE</p> <p>By Baris Gundogan and Ozcan Yildirim</p> <p>ANKARA (AA) – Turkish opposition parties have condemned Saturday's Israeli warplane attack which destroyed the Gaza Strip office of Turkey’s Anadolu Agency.</p> <p>&quot;We condemn the Israeli attack on the Gaza office of Anadolu Agency, which was founded by [Turkish Republic founder] Mustafa Kemal Ataturk,&quot; Faik Oztrak, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) spokesman, told Anadolu Agency on Sunday.</p> <p>Oztrak also conveyed his best wishes to the staffers of Anadolu, Turkey's premier news agency.</p> <p>Opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli also condemned the attack, decrying the many innocent lives lost in Israeli attacks Saturday — including a mother and infant — though the Anadolu office was evacuated in time.</p> <p>“I also convey my best wishes to Anadolu Agency staff,” Bahceli said at a news conference on Sunday.</p> <p>On Saturday, Israeli warplanes hit the building in Gaza which houses Anadolu Agency's office with at least five rockets. No injuries or death were reported, but the building was razed.</p> <p>Founded in 1920, Anadolu Agency currently produces news in 13 languages and serves 6,000 subscribers in 93 countries, with at least 3,000 employees stationed in 100 countries.</p> <p>On a daily basis, Anadolu Agency publishes an average of 1,600 stories, 2,300 photos, six infographics, and 400 videos, and airs 15 live broadcasts. </p> <p>* Writing by Diyar Guldogan and Sena Guler</p> <p>