Turkish Press Review

Turkish Press Review

Friday’s papers give prominent coverage to farewell ceremony of martyred Turkish police officers in SE Turkey

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Turkish newspapers on Friday focused on the farewell ceremony for two female police officers who were martyred in a car-bomb attack on a police station in Mardin province Wednesday.

Daily SABAH ran the front-page headline: "People of Midyat rally against the PKK terrorism."

The newspaper reported that thousands of people in the district marched Tuesday with Turkish flags in their hands to bid farewell to the martyred police officers.

The people also chanted slogans against the PKK, it reported.

"Long-time unity," was HABERTURK’s headline for the rally.

HURRIYET wrote: “Thousands of people become one heart”, MILLIYET ran with “Uprise against terrorism in Midyat”, “farewell to martyrs” was VATAN’s headline, while YENISAFAK chose “Midyat standing”.

Mardin is among southeastern Turkish provinces that have seen heightened PKK activity since the group -- listed as a terrorist organization also by the U.S. and EU -- resumed its armed campaign in July last year.

During that period, around 500 security personnel have been martyred and more than 5,000 PKK terrorists killed in operations across Turkey and northern Iraq.

In other news, the dailies also covered the funeral ceremony of Muhammad Ali in the U.S., who passed away June 3 at the age of 74 after a long battle against Parkinson's disease.

“Farewell to the legend,” was MILLIYET’s headline, reporting that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and some government members attended the funeral ceremony Thursday held in Muhammad Ali’s hometown, Louisville, in the U.S.

The daily CUMHURIYET reported that Erdogan wrote an article in Bloomberg about Ali in which he said: “Ali’s messages on peace, freedom and solidarity guide Turkey.”

In the piece titled "Putting Muhammad Ali’s Legacy to Work", Erdogan said Ali's ideals could provide solutions to many perennial issues.

In economic news, financial daily DUNYA reported that Turkey had extended the Eid al-Fitr holiday from the standard three-and-a-half days to nine days, Turkish Prime Ministry announced in a statement on Thursday.

The religious holiday, which comes at the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, will officially start on July 5 and end on July 7.

The daily claimed that the extended holiday would also boost Turkish tourism sector.

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