Turkish Press Review


Tuesday’s dailies mainly cover Russian airstrikes in northern Syria and Turkish PM’s remarks over Syria.

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Dailies on Tuesday mainly dedicated their front pages to recent Russian airstrikes in northern Syria and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s remarks over the PYD’s Syria moves.

MILLIYET ran with the headline: “Russian missile on civilians”

According to the newspaper, Russian warplanes targeted five hospitals, one school and one refugee shelter in northern Azaz town and Idlib city, killing at least 50 civilians, including children.

The newspaper ran a photo of wounded children taken to a hospital in the southern Turkish province of Kilis, near the Syrian border.

HABERTURK’s headline read: “War crime,” reporting, “Russia carried out a massacre by hitting a school and hospitals.”

The Turkish Foreign Ministry, in a written statement on Monday, also strongly condemned Russian attacks on civilians in Syria, also calling them a “war crime”.

“These attacks that we strongly condemn are unconscionable and [are an] obvious war crime under international law,” the statement read.

On the same story, CUMHURIYET used the headline: “Children were shot” while YENI SAFAK’s headline read: “Hospital and school massacre,” referring to Russia’s airstrikes.

Russian and Syrian regime aircraft operate above northern Syria. According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, Russia and Syrian government forces were responsible for 1,195 of the 1,395 civilian deaths in Syria last month.

Prime Minister Davutoglu’s remarks over Syria were also covered by many newspapers on Tuesday.

YENISAFAK’s front-page headline read: “Azaz will not fall,” referring to the prime minister’s remarks.

Speaking to press members in Kiev, Ukraine, Davutoglu said: “We will not allow Azaz to fall. The whole world should know this very clearly.”

The YPG, the PYD’s armed wing, has advanced to Azaz recently, located in Aleppo province, which has been the scene of recent heavy fighting, just six kilometers (four miles) from the Turkish border.

“Let nobody lobby for war,” was HABERTURK’s headline.

The daily quoted Davutoglu as saying: “Russia is deliberately engaging in a perception operation, which dictates: ‘There could be a world war.’”

“It is not right that somebody lobbies for warmongering,” the PM continued.

AKSAM also covered Davutoglu’s remarks on its front page.

“If the YPG comes close to Azaz, it will see the harshest response [from Turkey],” the daily quoted Davutoglu as saying.

The Turkish Armed Forces has shelled PYD positions for three days in northern Syria. The shelling began Saturday night.

Davutoglu said that the army returned fire after having come under attack from PYD forces based around Azaz.

In other news, HURRIYET ran the headline: “Merkel’s support for Turkish thesis,” referring to the German chancellor’s remarks over Syria.

Merkel, in an interview with German daily Stuttgarter Zeitung on Monday, said that a no-fly zone in Syria would be beneficial.

Turkey has repeatedly called for the creation of a safe zone in northern Syria.

YENI SAFAK covered the same story under the headline: “Surprise support from Merkel,” while STAR wrote: “No-fly zone support.”

In economic news, DUNYA’s headline read: “Unemployment rate [in Turkey] stood at 10.5 percent.”

The daily reported that the unemployment rate in Nov. 2015 was unchanged from the previous month of the same year but it was 0.2 percent down from the same period in 2014.

Turkey’s 2015 jobless total was 3.1 million people, according to the paper.