Monday's newspapers cover mass displacement of Turkmen in Syria’s northwestern region of Bayirbucak


World Bulletin / News Desk

Monday’s dailies covered the mass displacement of Turkmen in Syria’s northwestern region of Bayirbucak amid the escalating tension in the area.

“Turkmen crisis” was VATAN’s headline, claiming that Turkmen had flocked to the Turkish-Syrian border after Russian and Syrian regime air and land attacks in the region.

“Ankara at alert,” wrote the newspaper claiming that Turkish authorities gave the army an order to intervene if necessary.

Turkmen are a Turkic ethnic group based largely in Syria and Iraq, where they live alongside large Arab and Kurdish populations. The Turkmen community, which includes both Sunni and Shia Muslims, shares close cultural ties with the Turkish people.

Turkey summoned Russia’s ambassador to Ankara over the bombing of Turkmen villages in Syria, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Friday.

“De facto security zone in the border” was MILLIYET’s headline, publishing an interview with the vice president of the Turkish Red Crescent Kerem Kinik.

According to the newspaper, Kinik said that two camps with a 50,000-people capacity would be created at the Syrian border.

“A 1,000-container camp was already established in the region. It has not yet announced officially, but a de facto security zone will be formed,” said Kinik to the newspaper.

“Immediate reaction” was HABER TURK’s headline, reporting about a security summit led by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in the Turkish capital Ankara.

Featuring a photograph of the meeting among Davutoglu, Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu and several generals, the daily wrote that Turkey had authorized its security units to proceed to an “immediate reaction” should any development threatening Turkey arise.

“We will do whatever necessary” was AKSAM’s headline, while HURRIYET wrote “We may take measures inside Syria”, quoting Davutoglu.

Turkish dailies also covered Belgium raising the terror alert in its capital Brussels to the highest level Saturday as the prime minister warned of an imminent threat.

“Life stopped in Brussels,” was MILLIYET’s headline, reporting that the subway was shut down and the terror alert was expected to continue trough the weekday.

“Curfew in the middle of Europe,” was CUMHURIYET’s headline. “The Middle East was moved to Europe not only through its terror but also in its bans,” the newspaper wrote.

Turkish newspapers also covered an alleged assassination attempt on the co-leader of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, (HDP) Selahattin Demirtas.

“Bullet mark on rear window,” was HURRIYET’s headline, reporting that the dent “caused panic”.

According to the newspaper, Demirtas went to Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir on Sunday night. His guards reportedly noticed the damage when they took the HDP leader to his home and let the security forces know about it.

“Assassination allegation by Demirtas,” was MILLIYET’s headline, while “Scary mark on the rear window,” wrote HABER TURK.

The initial probe into a damage to the rear window of the car of HDP co-chairman in southeast Turkey has ruled out gunfire as a likely cause, the regional governor’s office announced Monday.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Kasım 2015, 12:17