Turkish Press Review August 19th

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 19th, 2007.

Turkish Press Review August 19th

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 19th, 2007.

HURRIYET

HIJACKERS WITH PLAY DOUGH

Two men wielding a fake bomb made of play dough, hijacked the AtlasJet passenger plane with 136 passengers and 6 crew members on board during a flight from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) to Istanbul.

The hijackers were identified as Mehmet Resat Ozlu, a Turkish citizen, and Mommen Abdul Aziz Talikh, a Palestinian carrying Syrian passport. They wanted to fly the plane to Iran or Syria.

Since the hijackers could not storm into the cockpit, pilots managed to land the plane at the airport in Antalya. Most of the passengers managed to escape from the rear exit of the plane while the hijackers were releasing the women and children from the front exit.

The hijackers took two crew members and three passengers hostage. After five-hour resistance, they surrendered to security forces.


MILLIYET

HIJACKERS ALSO SURPRISED

Two hijackers of a TRNC-Istanbul plane wanted to take the aircraft to another country. However, their plan failed after the pilots and passengers fled from the plane which landed in Mediterranean city of Antalya.

The pilots left the plane from the cockpit window after shutting down all the systems. Meanwhile, the passengers forced open the emergency exit door and fled from the plane.

The hijackers who held 3 passengers and crew members for a while, surrendered afterwards.


84 FORMER MPS ON WAY TO COURT

A total of 84 MPs with "immunity files", who either did not stand as candidates or could not be elected at the latest general elections held on July 22nd, will be judged soon.

A total of 227 files regarding the 84 MPs who could not be elected, will be sent to the Prime Ministry by the Parliament Speaker's office on Monday, August 20th.


SABAH

AL-QAIDA PANIC


Ankara was on the alert after two hijackers of AtlasJet's plane carrying 140 passengers mentioned terrorist organization Al-Qaida's name while talking to each other. The crisis was handled by Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul.

The plane which was on its Lefkosa-Istanbul flight was hijacked by two people of Turkish and Palestinian origin early in the morning yesterday. "We have a bomb and we are protesting the USA. Take the plane to Tehran," the hijackers said.

While children and old people were released by hijackers, most of the passengers fled from the emergency exit of the plane. After a negotiation process of 5 hours, the hijackers surrendered.

They said that they used the word "Al-Qaida" in order to be taken seriously.


EMIN SIRIN UNDER CUSTODY

Former Young Party (GP) MP Emin Sirin was taken into custody in capital Ankara. Sirin was detained in connection with the bombs seized in Umraniye district of Istanbul recently, sources said.

"Have I killed a man? How dare you detain me?," said Sirin, reacting upon the detention.

Sirin will be asked about certain names mentioned during several phone talks, at the interrogation to take place in Istanbul.

TURKIYE

HIJACKING WITH PLAY DOUGH


The AtlasJet passenger plane was hijacked by a Turkish and a Syrian hijackers during a flight from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) to Istanbul with a fake bomb made of play dough.

The hijackers wanted to divert the plane to Iran with its 136 passengers and 6 crew members. Pilots told the hijackers that they needed to refuel, and landed the plane at the airport in Antalya. The pilots escaped from the cockpit while the hijackers kept kicking the cockpit door.

When the hijackers accepted to release women and children from the front exit, other passengers forced open the rear door and managed to escape. The hijackers surrendered to security forces after a five-hour resistance.


LIKE A MASSACRE

A van carrying workers aged between 13 and 17 collided with a lorry in the southeastern city of Sanliurfa. 16 people were killed and 14 others were injured in the accident.


FIRST ROUND TO BE HELD TOMORROW

The first round of the presidential election will be held on Monday. If a new candidate does not appear till midnight, Abdullah Gul of the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party and Sabahattin Cakmakoglu of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) will compete with each other to become the next president of Turkey.


ZAMAN

THEY HIJACK PASSENGER PLANE WITH PLAY DOUGH


The AtlasJet plane which was heading for Istanbul from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) with 136 passengers and 6 crew members on board, was hijacked.

The plane was forced to land at the Antalya Airport. Pilots escaped the plane from cockpit window. Even the hijackers were surprised with their escape.

Two hijackers wielding a fake bomb made of play dough surrendered to security forces after five-hour-long negotiations.


SIRIN DETAINED

Emin Sirin, deputy chairman of the Young Party (GP) and former deputy, was detained in Ankara for his alleged ties with 27 grenades seized in Umraniye district of Istanbul a few months ago. Sirin was taken to Istanbul for interrogation.


YENI SAFAK

WOULD HE MAKE A LAST GESTURE TO THE GOVERNMENT?

President Ahmet Necdet Sezer who has appointed a member to the Turkish Higher Education Council (YOK) from his own list, rejected the member to be appointed by the government 3 times.

If Sezer does not approve the government's assignment till August 26th, he will be able to appoint the member by himself. However, he is expected to leave such appointment to the new president or sign the decision.


16 FARM WORKERS DIE IN ACCIDENT

A total of 16 farm workers were killed when the truck carrying the workers crashed into another truck in southeastern province of Sanliurfa. Most of the passengers on the truck were women and children.

It was claimed that the accident took place as the driver of the truck fell asleep.

VATAN

FORGET ABOUT HARSH WINTER


Vatan daily managed to enter the world's biggest meteorology centre Hadley, which can only be visited with the special authorization of the British Intelligence Service and asked about Turkey's future. The news are not that good.

According to Hadley, global warming will stop for 2 years but will come back even worse in 2009. Turkey, Greece, Portugal and Spain will be the countries which will be affected by such warmth the most.

These countries will have less rainfall in summer-winter and the rainfall will be sudden and in the form of floods.

Between the years 2020-2030, Turkey will experience different climate conditions changing from floods to drought. The amount of rainfall will then decrease by 30 percent. Moreover, Turkey's surface water resources will get smaller by 30 percent in general.


THERE ARE NO KURDISH PEOPLE IN TURKEY, HALACOGLU

Prof. Yusuf Halacoglu, chairman of the Turkish Historical Society (TTK), asserted a quite interesting claim. "After several studies, it has been seen that those we know as 'Kurdish people' in our country are actually of Turkmen origin structurally. Moreover, those who are described as 'Kurdish-Alawi' are in fact of Armenian origin," Halacoglu affirmed.


CUMHURIYET

SIRIN DETAINED

Emin Sirin, former deputy of the Young Party (GP), was detained in Ankara upon directives of the Chief Prosecutor's Office in Istanbul.

Interrogation of Sirin has still been continuing at the Security Department in regard to 27 grenades seized in Umraniye district of Istanbul a few months ago.


SOME OF FORMER MPs TO BE JUDGED

Deputies, who could not be re-elected in the latest parliamentary elections on June 22nd, have lost their political immunity. Turkish judicial system will soon be functioning for 84 MPs with "immunity files". 227 files regarding those 84 MPs will be sent to the Prime Ministry Office by the Parliament Speaker's office on Monday. The Prime Ministry Office will transfer these files to the Ministry of Justice and the judicial process will start after Ministry of Justice sends the files to the relevant courts.


RADIKAL

HIJACKING JUST LIKE A GAME


The AtlasJet passenger plane heading for Istanbul from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) was hijacked by two people, one of them is Turkish and the other is Palestinian. Although the hijackers wanted to be flown to Iran, pilots managed to land the plane at the Antalya Airport for refuelling. Pilots left the plane from cockpit window after landing at the airport.

Meanwhile, some passengers fainted from a lack of oxygen as the airsystem was switched off after landing. While the hijackers were releasing women and children from the front exit, male passengers managed to escape from the rear exit of the plane. The hijackers, who took two crew members and a passenger hostage, surrendered to security forces after a five-hour resistance.

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