Turkish dailies on Tuesday cover Monday's migrant boat accident in Istanbul which left at least 24 people dead, as well as Turkish food and beverage group Yildiz Holding's acquisition of UK-based United Biscuits.


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A boat accident which left at least 24 people dead in Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait has dominated Tuesday's headlines in Turkey.

The Istanbul governor's office said on Monday that at least 24 people died and six were rescued after a boat believed to have been carrying illegal immigrants capsized. Many other passengers remain missing.

According to the Turkish Coast Guard, 40 people were on the boat; 12 of them were children.

A search-and-rescue vessel, seven coastguard carriers, a diving team, two helicopters, a plane from the Turkish Coast Guard and two boats from Directorate General of Coastal Safety participated in the rescue operation, the governor's office said in a statement.

"Death voyage in Bosphorus" said HURRIYET, claiming that a journey from the mountains of Afghanistan to a better life in Europe ended in the sea off Istanbul.

Earlier, Turkish transport minister Lutfi Elvan said that nine passengers had been carrying Afghan passports, and that it was possible that all those onboard were from the Asian country.

YENI SAFAK describes the accident as: "The dirtiest traffic." The paper claims that illegal migrants have selected a route through the Black Sea after surveillance increased in the Aegean Sea.

ZAMAN runs with the headline: "Human smuggling in the heart of Istanbul." The daily reports claims of negligence which have been raised by media outlets and civil society groups.

Turkey is a regular transit point for undocumented immigrants trying to reach Europe. After the beginning of the Syrian civil war, the number of illegal migrants has increased considerably.

In other news, Turkish dailies also covered the expansion of Turkey's Yildiz Holding with the acquisition of U.K.-based United Biscuits.

"The world's biscuit king" says MILLIYET, adding that Yildiz Holding acquired United Biscuits after 23 hours of negotiations.

The group, which owns a number of other biscuit producers including Ulker, Godiva and DeMets, has become the third-largest biscuit maker in the world, according to a statement on the company’s website on Monday.

Founded in 1948, United Biscuits has 14 plants, of which seven are located in the U.K., with over 7,000 workers in total. The company’s global sales reached $1.83 billion in 2013.


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