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Turkish dailies on Friday covered extensively surrender of dozens of PKK terrorists to security forces in southeast

ISTANBUL (AA) - Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

Friday's newspapers mainly covered the surrender of a total of 67 PKK terrorists to Turkish security forces in the past three days, in Nusaybin district of Turkey’s southeastern Mardin province.

MILLIYET ran with the headline: " [PKK terrorists] dissolved".

According to the daily, a total of 42 PKK terrorists, including 10 women, surrendered to security forces in Nusaybin district on Thursday.

On Tuesday, a total of 25 PKK terrorists had surrendered in the same district.

The daily added that two security forces were also martyred in Nusaybin district in an ongoing operation against the terrorist PKK organization, and another was martyred in Ovacik district of Tunceli province after PKK terrorists opened fire on the soldiers.

Turkey’s southeast has been the scene of significant military operations since December 2015 as the police and armed forces seek to clear the PKK terrorist organization from urban areas.

The PKK - listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and the EU - resumed its 30-year armed campaign against the Turkish state in July 2015.

Since then, nearly 500 members of the security forces, including troops, police officers, and village guards, have been martyred, and over 4,900 PKK terrorists killed in operations across Turkey and northern Iraq.

VATAN covered the story with the headline "Ditch collapses".

The daily said the 42 PKK terrorist surrendered with white flags to the Turkish security forces.

Military sources in the region said that there were around 130 PKK terrorists, including 25-30 women, left in the region, the daily said.

YENI SAFAK also covered the story with the headline "PKK fails".

Turkey's National Security Council (MGK) meeting Thursday chaired by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was also covered by Turkish dailies.

MILLIYET's headline read "Strong reaction to EU from first MGK".

According to the statement issued by Turkey’s top security board, Turkey called on the European Union countries to reconsider their decision to reportedly allow the PYD, the terrorist PKK’s Syrian affiliate, to open bureaus on their soil, the daily said.

The meeting held at the presidential complex in capital Ankara lasted for five-and-a-half hours.

The meeting was the first for Binali Yildirim as new prime minister.

The statement said Turkey warned the Czech Republic, Sweden, Germany and France concerning their decisions.

Turkey views the PYD and YPG as terrorist organization PKK's Syrian offshoots, and has designated both as terror groups, while Washington continues to support the YPG as an "effective partner" in the fight against Daesh.

"4 messages from MGK" was STAR's headline.

According to the daily, the MGK statement emphasized that terror organizations and its political affiliates could not represent Kurdish citizens and that fighting against the parallel state structure would continue.

Headed by Fetullah Gulen, a U.S.-based preacher who runs a network of schools and commercial enterprises in Turkey and around the world, what is known as the parallel state allegedly represents a clandestine group of Turkish bureaucrats and senior officials, embedded in the country’s institutions, including the judiciary and the police.

The council also underlined the necessity of implementing a safe zone in Syria.

Ankara has long called for a safe zone in northern Syria to protect civilians from airstrikes.

In sports news, dailies covered Galatasaray's Ziraat Turkish Cup victory in the southern province of Antalya on Thursday night.

HABER TURK ran with the headline "Of course Lions".

STAR went with “Cup Lions”.

The newspapers said that Istanbul's Galatasaray won the Ziraat Turkish Cup by defeating its rival Fenerbahce 1-0.

Lukas Podolski from Galatasaray scored the only goal of the game in the 30th minute.

Galatasaray have now won the Turkish Cup 17 times in their history.

source: News Feed
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