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The deaths of ten construction workers on Saturday in Istanbul continues to dominate the front pages of most of the Turkish press. Nine people were taken in for questioning regarding the deadly accident and later released. A further two were detained on Monday as part of an investigation into the accident, which happened when an elevator carrying the men plunged 32 feet to the ground.
"No way of avoiding responsibility" reports HURRIYET which adds that the workers said that their wages were not even regularly paid despite the inhumane working conditions.
The front page of YENI SAFAK reads: "You have no excuse," referring to the builders of the luxury condo, Torunlar Real Estate Company which is being accused of irresponsibility and negligence.
The daily says the accident raises questions over working conditions in Turkey, especially in the construction sector which has grown rapidly in the last decade.
According to International Labor Organization figures, Turkey ranks first in Europe and third in the world for fatal work accidents. The organization says 18 out of 100,000 insured laborers die every year in work-related accidents, seven times greater than the EU average of 2.5, the daily also says.
All activity has been halted in the construction site following the disaster, according to company, as the investigation over the accident continues.
Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, talking on Sunday said the issue would be brought up in Monday's cabinet meeting, it concludes its news regarding the accident.
In other news, many Turkish newspapers also cover the U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's visit to Turkey on Monday.
"Turkey, U.S. combining forces against regional threats and ISIS", SABAH says. The daily reports that a day before Obama is set to announce his plans against the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), Hagel meets with President Erdogan, Davutoglu and other top officials to formulate a joint strategy.
"Turkey is a must" MILLIYET quotes Hagel, referring to the U.S.'s outline of a coordinated military strategy that involves Turkey to end ISIS in the region.
The U.S. has been carrying out air strikes against the group's positions in Iraq since early August but the group's ability to transport fighters and equipment across the border with Syria has raised questions about whether destroying their bases in Syria is necessary to defeat them.Last Mod: 09 Eylül 2014, 11:36