Fire rises after Israeli warplanes hit the building where Anadolu Agency’s office is located in Gaza on May 4, 2019 [Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency]

Israel’s attack of Anadolu Agency office “serious violation of international law”

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Hind Awwad, a Palestinian human rights advocate who is associated with the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, has stated that Israel’s attack on Anadolu Agency’s office in the Gaza Strip earlier this year is but one of its many criminal attacks on the media.

On May 4, Israeli warplanes struck the building in Gaza where the office was located with at least five rockets following warning shots. No injuries or deaths were reported, but the building was destroyed.

“Israel’s attack on the office of Anadolu Agency in Gaza was a serious violation of international law. It is one of Israel’s many criminal attacks on journalists which aim to prevent documentation and reporting on Israel’s systematic policies of occupation, settler-colonialism, and apartheid against the Palestinian people,” she continued.

In an interview marking the BDS’ 14th anniversary, Awwad said it has always called for an extensive military embargo against Israel because of its denial of Palestinians’ rights and attacks especially on journalists in Gaza.

“We appeal to Turkey to take the lead in ending all military trade with Israel,” she said.