Monday dailies cover Victory Day celebrations and reported PKK attacks in southeastern Turkey


World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish dailies on Monday mainly covered celebrations of the Victory Day and reported Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s (PKK) attacks in southeastern Turkey.

“Joy of Victory” was HABERTURK’s headline, reporting on Turkey’s celebrations for Victory Day. “Domestically produced arms were shown during parade,” the daily reported, adding that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan first time addressed the nation on Victory Day parade.

Turkey marked the anniversary of the decisive battle in the War of Independence on Sunday. Victory Day commemorates the Battle of Dumlupinar in 1922 against Greek forces.

“War of independence to continue,” was STAR’s headline, reporting that President Erdogan addressed the nation, which is currently involved in military operations near its eastern and southeastern borders. “No internal or external power will overshadow our independence and stability,” he said in a speech according to the daily.

The 93rd anniversary of the battle that heralded the end of Turkey’s struggle for independence came as the country faces a renewed escalation of fighting between security forces and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which is listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU.

“[The boy] was going to buy bread,” was VATAN’s headline, reporting that 13-year-old Firat Simpil was killed by an explosion from a roadside bomb in Silvan, in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir.

The device is believed to have been placed by the road to target a military vehicle, said the daily. 

“PKK’s landmine killed a child who was going to buy bread,” was AKSAM’s headline, saying that Simpil’s mother lashed out at the PKK. “God makes them pay for laying a landmine in front of my house,” the mother cried out, according to the daily.

The daily added that three policemen have been martyred in an armed attack carried out by PKK militants in southeastern Turkey on Sunday.

The attack is the latest since the PKK, which is designated a terror organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU, renewed an armed campaign against the Turkish state in the aftermath of the July 20 suicide bombing in Suruc, Sanliurfa province.

More than 60 members of the security forces have been martyred in the violence, while Turkey says land and air operations in Turkey and northern Iraq have killed more than 900 militants.

SABAH claimed that Turkey has introduced a reward system to capture PKK militants. “Those who helped the state to catch militant leaders would receive 4 million Turkish liras [approximately $1.4 million],” SABAH alleged.

“Those who helped to capture junior leaders would get 200,000 Turkish liras [approximately $68,000],” the daily added.

In sports news, Turkish dailies were enthralled by Nani's performance in Fenerbahce's 2-1 victory against Antalyaspor in the Turkish league Sunday night.

“Kiss of life by Nani,” was AKSAM’s headline, praising the Portuguese star's second goal on a free kick in injury time.

“Nani’s show,” was YENI SAFAK’s headline while “Nani finished” was HURRIYET’s.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 31 Ağustos 2015, 12:08