TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON SEPT 13

Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Tuesday's issues the PKK terrorist organization's attack during two wedding ceremonies, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Egypt, and Turkish economy's growth rate.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON SEPT 13

Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Tuesday's issues the PKK terrorist organization's attack during two wedding ceremonies, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Egypt, and Turkish economy's growth rate.

All the daily newspapers wrote about the attack of PKK terrorists during two wedding ceremonies in Semdinli town of the southeastern province of Hakkari. A group of terrorists sneaked into crowd in two wedding ceremonies in a synthetic football field and the garden of Semdinli municipality, as if they were the guests. Terrorists opened fire from inside the crowd to nearby gendarmery and security department buildings as well as police check points, personnel houses and the building of commando troops. When security forces responded, civilians in the wedding were trapped between two fires. Women and children in the wedding laid down on the floor to protect themselves from bullets. People used their bodies as shields to protect their children. Three civilians, one of whom was 14 years old, one police officer and one soldier were killed. Also six soldiers and six civilians were wounded.

Another topic all newspapers wrote about was Erdogan's visit to Egypt, the first stop of his tour of three Arab countries of Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. Erdogan arrived in Egypt late on Monday. He was welcomed by a large crowd who were carrying banners saying "Hero of Egypt" and "Welcome to Egypt, Erdogan" as well as Turkish flags. Erdogan made a short speech in Arabic and greeted people. At least 20,000 Egyptians including women and children welcomed Erdogan at Cairo Airport. Egyptian officials said that for the first time in Egyptian history, a foreign leader was welcomed with such an excitement and love. Meanwhile, Erdogan said that he would not visit Gaza this time, however, expressing his wish to visit there as soon as possible.

Almost all newspapers wrote about Turkey's growth rates. Turkey, in the second quarter of 2011, ranked the second in the world and first in Europe in terms of growth speed. Turkey grew 8.8 percent in the second quarter of 2011 when compared to the same period of 2010. China ranks the first with a 9.5 percent growth rate in the world. Turkish economy has been growing in the last seven quarters without interrupt.

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