Turkey imposes curfew on youth under 20, orders 31 cities into lockdown

Turkey imposed a partial curfew for citizens under the age of 20, effective as of midnight on Friday as part of measures against the coronavirus outbreak, Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said. Ankara also decided to shut down borders of 31 cities for vehicles, excluding essential supplies,


Turkish hospital opens in Gaza Strip to stem COVID-19

The Palestine-Turkey Friendship Hospital in Gaza began operating as part of efforts to curb the novel coronavirus, Palestine’s government said Tuesday. Palestinian government spokesman Ibrahim Melhim said President Mahmoud Abbas and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, agreed during


Turkey’s coronavirus deaths up to 168, with 10,827 total cases: Health minister

Turkey’s deaths from the new coronavirus increased by 37 to 168 on Monday, as the number of confirmed cases rose by 1,610 to 10,827, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said. Some 162 patients have recovered so far.  The minister added on Twitter that 11,535 tests had been conducted on Monda


Turkey cancels all int’l flights amid COVID-19 outbreak

Turkey will suspend all international flights as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday as the country's death toll from the pandemic climbed to 92. In an address to the nation, he said: "All international flights have been suspended for an in


Turkey announces first death from coronavirus: Health ministry

Turkey confirmed early on Wednesday its first death related to the coronavir1us and the country more than doubled its confirmed cases to 98, from 47 a day earlier.Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told a press conference that an 89-year old died after contracting the virus from someone who had contact


Turkey to hold migration summit by teleconference

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan will hold talks with French and German leaders about solving a migration crisis next week by teleconference, rather than hosting a summit as originally planned, a Turkish official said. The decision comes as countries grapple with the spread of coronavirus. Erdogan


Turkey to close schools, universities for a week over coronavirus

Turkish primary and secondary schools will be closed for a week from March 16, while universities will be closed for three weeks due to coronavirus, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Thursday. In a news conference following a meeting of ministers at the presidential palace, Kalin also sa


Turkish forces down two Syrian planes over Idlib: Monitor

Turkish forces downed two Syrian war planes over northwest Syria on Sunday, a war monitor said, after Ankara announced a cross-border military operation there. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said the two Sukhoi jets fell in regime-held territory, likely after bein


Turkish Airlines cancels flights to four cities in Iran

Turkish Airlines has canceled its flights to four Iranian cities and decreased the frequency of flights to Tehran until Feb. 27, the company said on Monday. The company said it canceled flights to Mashhad, Isfahan, Tabriz and Shiraz until that date. It also decreased the frequency of Tehran flights


Turkey under pressure as Erdogan’s ‘declaration of war’ in Idlib raises tensions with Russia

After issuing what amounted to a “declaration of war” against Syrian forces, Turkey finds itself under mounting pressure as tensions with Russia escalate and the threat of further clashes with Syria’s military looms. The crisis around the Syrian province of Idlib shook the foundat


US investigators inspect site of fatal plane crash in Turkey’s Istanbul

US aviation investigators have arrived at the site of a fatal plane crash in Istanbul, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported Saturday. A team from aircraft manufacturer Boeing and the US civil aviation authority inspected the wreckage of the Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 that skidded


Turkey will launch military operation if Idlib situation not resolved: Erdogan

Turkey may launch a military operation into Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib if the situation in the region is not resolved immediately, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, as attacks by Russia-backed Syrian government forces raised concern of a new refugee wave to Turkey. Sp


Turkey earthquake: Two-year-old pulled from rubble as death toll rises to 31

A mother and her two-year-old daughter have been pulled alive from a collapsed building in Turkey more than a day after an earthquake killed at least 31 people. Ayse Yildiz and her child Nusra had spent 28 hours trapped in the rubble in the eastern city of Elazig following Friday’s 6.8-magnit


Erdogan says Turkey not yet sent troops to Libya, only advisers: Report

Turkey has deployed military advisers and trainers to Libya, but has not yet sent any troops to support the country’s UN-recognized government, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was cited as saying on Monday. Last week, Erdogan had said Turkey has begun sending troops to Tripoli. He has


Turkey says it will send military experts, advisers to Libya

Turkey will send military experts and technical teams to support Libya’s internationally recognized government, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday, a day after President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkish military units were moving to Tripoli.Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj’s Gover


Turkey says it cannot handle latest influx of Syrians seeking refuge

Syrian forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad have seized dozens of towns and villages in the north-west of the country, following days of violent clashes and prompting an exodus of civilans towards Turkey that Ankara says it cannot support. The fresh fighting in Syria’s Idlib province, the last reb


Turkish diplomat’s car torched in Greece amid tensions

A Turkish diplomat’s car was torched in Greece early Monday, police said, amid escalating tensions between the two NATO allies. Nobody was hurt in the incident in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second city. The Turkish consular staffer’s car did not have diplomatic license plates, police


Erdogan says Turkey cannot handle a new migrant wave from Syria

Turkey cannot handle a fresh migrant wave from Syria, President RecepTayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, adding that European nations will feel the impact of such an influx if violence in Syria’s Idlib region is not stopped. Speaking at an awards ceremony in Istanbul, Erdogan said more than 80,000





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