Turkish daily news papers covered in their Monday editions a fire in a correctional facility in Turkey's southeast that killed 13 convicts, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc's statements over remarks by Leyla Zana, an independent MP, US Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's remarks over Turkey's role in Syria, and a forest fire in Istanbul's Heybeliada.
"Hell Wards," daily VATAN headlined over the killing of 13 convicts in a correctional facility in the southeastern province of Sanliurfa. The daily said 1057 inmates were kept at the prison which had only a capacity to hold 350, adding that the fire erupted after a fight between two groups of prisoners over the positioning of a cooling fan, a poor remedy to the temperatures that go as high as 45 degrees Celsius or 113 degrees Fahrenheit inside. The daily said the Sanliurfa Bar warned the Justice Ministry a year ago and presented a detailed report about the overcrowded prison where it said the wards were packed with prisoners thrice as many as they could house.
"Turkey should send weapons to Syrian rebels," daily MILLIYET headlined over remarks by US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney who criticized Barack Obama's policy on Syria. The daily said Romney urged Obama to encourage allies such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia to send weapons to the Syrian rebels.
MILLIYET said Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc extended support to remarks by independent MP Leyla Zana who had said that Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan could solve "the Kurdish issue." "Zana said the truth. I wish everyone else thought same as Zana," the daily cited Arinc as saying.
Daily SABAH said a forest fire erupted at Istanbul's Heybeliada that houses the Halki Seminary. The daily said the fire consumed an area of 3.5 hectares forested with pines. The blaze was put out by fire fighting planes and helicopters before it could reach the seminary.
Hamas does possess rockets that can reach Israel's Ben Gurion airport although the accuracy of the rockets does remain limited, the State Department said
Turkey's Constitutional Court rejects an appeal by opposition parties that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan should resign to run for president
A woman who was 9 months pregnant was one of 170 Afghan and Syrian refugees saved by the Turkey Aegean Coast Guard.
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.