Congestion occurred on the Fatih Sultan Mehmet (FSM) and Bosporus bridges as a result of a protest by dump truck drivers against the closure of a dump site in İstanbul starting at around noon on Thursday.
Numerous dump truck drivers started a protest at around noon on the Anatolian side of İstanbul. The dump trucks -- setting off from Çamlıca and heading to FSM Bridge -- caused congestion on the TEM highway. A long line emerged heading towards the FSM Bridge as the large group of protesting truck drivers aimed to cross to the European side.
There was reportedly heavy traffic on the TEM highway connecting Ümraniye and Kavacık. According to the latest reports, the Bosporus Bridge was also affected by the spreading protests. Dense traffic could be seen even at the Haliç Bridge.
Meanwhile, two accidents took place on the TEM highway, causing even more traffic on the route.
The closure of the dump site in the Ömerli district by the municipality is believed to be the cause of the protests by the truck drivers.
Davutoglu says they will foil all attempts that reach out for Turkey's national will and resources masked as anti-graft efforts
Haniyeh said the Turkish support has proven vital in easing the suffering of the residents of the blockaded Gaza Strip.
Energy minister says government plans large-scale investment in Kahramanmaras, indicating foreign interest in similar investments in Turkey's Mediterranean city
Some 1,122 -over 26 percent of total- of foreign-partnered companies were founded directly by Syrians or as partners with local businessmen between January and November.
Turkey's AFAD says the government spent nearly $12 million in aid to shelter-seekers from Kobani
Hundreds of people from all backgrounds have gathered in Ankara at the Pakistan embassy to honour the victims of the Peshawar attack this week.
"You will respect the decisions of Turkish judiciary and the rule of law," says Erdogan in caustic response to EU criticism of recent police probe and detentions
Turkey will be an extra regional observer at the Central American Integration System in 2015.
Three formal acquittals followed between 2006 and 2011, but the Istanbul criminal court reopened the case again, and last year sentenced Selek, who lives in France, to life in prison.
Turkish President Erdogan has said that Turkey and Qatar stand together with the oppressed people of the world
Istanbul prosecutor asks court to issue arrest warrant for U.S.-based preacher Gulen in a probe. He was charged with “managing a terror organization", making person devoid of his freedom by using force, threat or trick and Causing any administrative or juridical sanctions except from jail for aggrieved by slandering him
Three Turks detained recently in Germany are not linked with Turkey's National Intelligence Organization, the Turkish foreign ministry says.
Turkey could begin training and equipping moderate Syrian opposition fighters before March
International conference hears call for more public transportation to beat congestion in Turkey's largest city
Istanbul Penal Court rules for the arrest of four people including Hidayet Karaca, chairman of the Samanyolu Media Group, and releases eight others, including Ekrem Dumanli, editor-in-chief of Zaman newspaper.
Government plans to allow companies involved in cancelled South Stream Pipeline project to begin feasibility studies anyway, to avoid having the government pay compensation