Friday's newspapers covered anti-PKK operations in southeastern Turkey and the upcoming G20 summit


World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish newspapers on Friday covered anti-PKK operations in the Silvan district of Diyarbakir province, southeastern Turkey.

“Terror migration,” was MILLIYET’s headline, reporting that some residents were leaving their homes.

On Nov. 3, a curfew was declared in the district.

Featuring a photo of people with their luggage waiting outside of a bus station, the newspaper quoted governor of Sivan, Murat Kutuk, as saying: “Citizens are tired of [clashes]; a serious number of people are moving.”

“We allow people who want to, to leave the region,” Kutuk added.

VATAN reported that around 10,000 people have left the district due to the violence.

MILLIYET said that mobile phones and internet did not operate in the district.

HURRIYET ran with the headline “11th day in Silvan,” referring to the length of the curfew in the district.

The daily wrote that four soldiers and four police officers had been martyred while four people and 10 terrorists were killed since the beginning of the violence.

“PKK will be buried in Silvan,” was YENI SAFAK’s headline, while SABAH wrote: “Public anger against PKK is growing”.

The terrorist PKK organization resumed its armed campaign late in July.

In other news, Turkish newspapers also covered the upcoming G20 summit, which will be held under the Turkish presidency in the country’s Mediterranean resort province of Antalya.

“30,000 activists for protest,” wrote HURRIYET, reporting that police were expecting demonstrators from various countries during the event.

All routes from the air, road or sea have been blocked to any possible protest. Police will use a 2,000-capacity sports hall for any possible mass arrests, the daily added.

VATAN wrote that, according to White House sources, U.S. President Barack Obama and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would meet during the summit.

The daily added that the agenda of the two leaders would focus on anti-ISIL operations and the situation in Syria.

The leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies will gather in Turkey as the Syrian crisis is well into its fifth year.

In business news, DUNYA quoted Turkey’s economy minister Nihat Zeybekci who said the government was looking for ways to ease the burden of Turkish companies after a possible hike in the minimum wage.

The ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party promised, prior to the Nov.1 election, to increase the minimum wage up to 1,300 Turkish liras ($446) per month from the current level of 1,000 ($343).

Currently, around five million people in Turkey are minimum wage workers. Businesses that sign collective-bargaining agreements establish ‘base wage’ negotiations according to the level of the national minimum wage.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Kasım 2015, 12:44