Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Thursday's edition a report about former president Turgut Ozal's death, Israel's confession about raid on Mavi Marmara aid flotilla, developments in Syria, independent lawmaker Leyla Zana's remarks about Kurdish issue.
All the papers published stories on the State Inspection Board's (DDK) report about former president Turgut Ozal's death in 1993. Sabah daily newspaper wrote that the board unveiled its report and said that sudden death of the president when he was still in power was doubtful. The paper also quoted the report as saying that it was unbelievable that an autopsy was not conducted and evidence was not collected at the Cankaya Presidential Residence, and that it was also unbelievable that there were not any emergency teams or ambulance at the Presidential Residence. According to Sabah, the board suggested that Ozal's grave be opened and an autopsy be conducted.
On the same topic, Yeni Safak wrote that the board found evidence that could arise the possibility of "organophosphate poising" (organophosphate are chemicals used in domestic and industrial settings, most commonly as insecticides. Organophosphate can be ingested or inhaled, or absorbed through the skin) and said that there was no evidence that showed that Ozal died of heart failure. Zaman wrote that Presidential Residence sources indicated that Ozal's grave should be opened.
The second topic was Israel's confession about raid on Mavi Marmara aid flotilla. Sabah daily quoted an Israeli state inspector as saying that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu behaved wrongly and strongly criticizing the government and the army. Yeni Safak wrote that an Israeli ombudsman, Micha Lindenstrauss, released a 153-page report and showed Netanyahu as responsible for the raid.
The third main topic in Turkish dailies was developments in Syria. Turkiye wrote that Turkey had taken action after the Syrian army laid a siege on Aleppo. The paper wrote that Turkey sent tanks from southeastern towns of Cizre and Nusaybin to Turkey-Syria border and deployed them along the border.
Moreover, Hurriyet daily newspaper published an exclusive interview with independent lawmaker Leyla Zana. The paper quoted Zana as saying that the government could end the Kurdish issue. According to the paper Zana said, "the head of that government is (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan. The person heading the strongest government in (our) history can show such a will and solve this issue." The paper also quoted Zana as saying that she believed Erdogan could solve the Kurdish issue, and she was still hopeful about it. "What we should all do is to both make the prime minister feel that we are standing by him and encourage him," Hurriyet quoted Zana as also saying.
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