World Bulletin / News Desk
A website known to be affiliated with the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Monday published photos of some public officials being held by the militant group as well as messages from them to their families.
The Fırat news agency published photos of district governor candidate Kenan Erenoğlu, Spec. Sgt Zihni Koç, NCO Abdullah Söpçeler, Spec Sgt. Kemal Ekici and policeman Nadi Özgen as well as soldiers Reşat Çeçan, Hadi Gizli and Ramazan Başaran.
The agency interviewed the captives, who appeared in good health. Erenoğlu said they are all well and told his family to keep their morale high, adding that he hopes to reunite with them soon. The captives expressed hope that a recent initiative launched to disarm the PKK will be successful.
The report comes on the heels of a statement by Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Co-chairperson Gülten Kışanak, who said on Saturday that 10 Turkish public officials kidnapped by the PKK will be released within 10 days.
Kışanak, who was among a group of deputies who met with senior leaders of the PKK in northern Iraq last week, has said that said the PKK is “working for the release of prisoners in their hands.” “We expect the work to be completed within a week or 10 days,” she said.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul reiterated that Turkey s making tireless efforts in order that peace can be re-established in Syria and suggested to the Syrian refugees living at camps in the country that they take advantage of the amenities and opportunities which the government provides for them in such areas as health and education.
Salih Mirzabeyoglu, otherwise known as Salih Izzet Erdis, was locked up following Turkey's 28 February 1997 coup.
High-speed rail project linking Ankara and Istanbul to be opened on Friday after latest delays blamed on May sabotage.
Turkey's Deputy PM Bulent Arinc said a ceasefire must be declared at once between Palestine and Israel and demanded an end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza.
A major operation in Istanbul and other cities sees more police officers and officials detained in a wiretapping probe.
Erdogan said all international actors should condemn such inhuman attacks of Israel on innocent children in Gaza.
Turkish dailies reported Wednesday on the operation in Istanbul and other cities against the police officers and officials in wiretapping probe and the latest clashes in Israel and Palestine.
Turkish carriers will not fly to Israel's Ben Gurion Airport in the next 24 hours.
Tuesday’s phone conversation was the second between the two officials within 24 hours and the third in five days.
Turkish Airlines has decided to suspend its Tel Aviv flights for a 24-hour period
The US again slammed Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent remarks in which he compared Israel’s military attacks on Gaza Strip to the acts of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
Muslims can no longer be unified under the rule of a single ruler like a caliph but could emulate political blocs like the European Union, Gormez said
Turkish president calls for urgent ceasefire as country starts three days of mourning for Gaza dead.
At least 76 officers were detained in 22 provinces around the country on suspicion of forming a criminal organisation and illegally bugging phones
Turkish dailies on Tuesday continued to give wide coverage to the Israeli offensive in Gaza, the upcoming Turkish presidential election and a Malaysian airliner which was downed over eastern Ukraine.
Turkey's government announced a three-day period of national mourning, starting on Tuesday, in a show of solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.