Turkish dailies give wide coverage to the ongoing refugee crisis in their Thursday editions


World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish dailies on Thursday mainly covered the ongoing refugee crisis involving thousands of people who continue to try to cross into EU states via the sea as well as through land borders.

“Aren’t we human beings?” Vatan’s headline said, quoting one of the Syrian refugees marching from Edirne, a northwestern Turkish province bordering Greece.

“I have to live in Istanbul for 200 TL [$66] for a month. A human being dies once, I die 100 times a day,” Visam, a Syrian refugee and mother of three, said, according to Vatan.

“Go back,” was Yeni Safak’s headline, quoting Edirne governor Ali Sahin, who tried to reportedly convince around 2,000 refugees to go back to their camps in the south of Turkey.

The daily reported that Syrian refugees, who were trying to cross the border to Greece, spent the night at parks and motorway-verges.

Yeni Safak also reported that around 500 of 1,200 refugees, who were waiting at Istanbul’s main bus station-- a large complex on the city’s European side district Esenler-- to go to Edirne had returned.

“33 stubborn refugees,” was Haberturk's headline, reporting that some 33 refugees from Syria and northern Iraq marching to Edirne succeeded in crossing the border –by using GPS devices-- into Bulgaria and were sent back to Turkey by police forces.

The daily also reported that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the ongoing refugee crisis in a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday.

According to Haberturk, Erdogan said that Turkey was sheltering over two million Syrians and Iraqis; Merkel said that Germany had decided to take in about 800,000 refugees until the end of the year.

“To death in a hulk boat,” was Milliyet’s headline, reporting details of an incident involving a 15-meter day-trip vessel - packed with hundreds of refugees and sailing towards the nearby Greek island of Kos - which sank early Tuesday in the Aegean Sea off Turkey’s southwestern Mugla coast.

The 45-year-old day-trip vessel, which was not operating anymore was sold to a Syrian after it was painted, the daily reported.

Quoting one of the survivors, Syrian Efrim Kale, Milliyet wrote: “We were shocked when we saw the vessel. We were told that two separate yachts would be prepared…we had paid $ 1,500 for each”.

In other news, Hurriyet ran the headline: “We march against terror,” reporting that more than 200 nongovernmental organizations will gather in the Turkish capital Ankara for a major anti-terrorism demonstration.

“Take your flag and come,” wrote Milliyet while Aksam’s headline read: “Huge demonstration in Ankara”.

The call for the demonstration came from Rifat Hisarciklioglu, the head of the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB).

Tensions have escalated in Turkey following a suicide bomb attack in July -- blamed on ISIL -- in the southeastern province of Sanliurfa that killed over 30 people.

PKK terrorist organization has renewed its armed campaign against Turkish forces.

Since July, more than 100 members of the security forces have been martyred and hundreds of PKK terrorists killed in operations across Turkey and northern Iraq, including airstrikes.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Eylül 2015, 11:44