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Turkish Press Review

Turkish Press Review
Wednesday's newspapers covered President Erdogan's accusation that Western states were ‘being silent’ on major PKK attack

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

Wednesday's newspapers mostly covered President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's accusation that the West was “being silent” on a recent major PKK attack in Turkey.

YENI SAFAK ran with the headline: "They [West] keep silent when it comes to Diyarbakir."

According to the daily, Erdogan slammed the West for its response to a PKK attack in Turkey's southeastern Diyarbakir province which killed 16 people last Thursday.

"There is noise when it is in Paris and Brussels but nothing if it is in Lahore, Ankara and Diyarbakir," the paper quoted Erdogan as saying.

A bomb-laden truck was detonated by PKK terrorists at 10.30 p.m. local time (1930GMT) on May 12, reportedly following an argument with a group of villagers who spotted the vehicle and began to chase it. The blast killed 16 people and injured 23 others in the Durumlu area of Sur district's Sarikamis neighborhood.

VATAN covered the story with the headline: "There is no voice from the world."

According to the newspaper, Erdogan said the West had kept silent over the “painful” attack.

The president said that the bomb, weighing around 10 to 15 tons, should be condemned strongly around the world.

Turkey’s southeast has been the scene of significant military operations since late 2015, as police and army seek to clear PKK terrorists from urban areas.

Turkish newspapers also covered the funerals of 13 of the victims.

MILLIYET's headline read: "All our martyrs." The 13 bodies were laid to rest Wednesday after their remains were identified with the help of forensic analysis.

The daily reported that Interior Minister Efkan Ala also attended the mass funeral ceremony in Diyarbakir.

Terrorism has “no religion, identity or nationality," the daily cited Ala as saying.

"Empty coffins," was STAR's headline, reporting that the 13 victims’ total body weight was 60 kilograms.

The daily reported that their bodies were buried amid tears and the village furnished with Turkish flags.

Interior Minister Ala, Development Minister Cevdet Yilmaz and AK Party Deputy Chairman Mehdi Eker attended the funerals.

In economic news, financial newspaper DUNYA reported that the 12th Technology Awards are to be held on May 30 in Istanbul. The event is aimed to help Turkey take part among the countries producing technology and to encourage innovative products.

source: News Feed
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