Turkish Press Review - March 25
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Turkish dailies on Tuesday covered: the repercussions from a Syrian jet being shot down by Turkish forces; the sentencing of 529 MB supporters to death in Egypt; and the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 which officials are now claiming has crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.
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Turkish dailies on Tuesday covered: the repercussions from a Syrian jet being shot down by Turkish forces on Sunday for violating Turkish airspace; the sentencing of 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death in Egypt; and the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 which officials are now claiming has crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.
"One and a half minutes enough" is the headline on MILLIYET regarding a story that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) are on alert at the Suleyman Shah Tomb, a sovereign exclave of Turkey in Syria. The daily wrote of preparations to foil any potential attack against the monument from the rebel Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group, adding that F-16 fighter jets have been deployed in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir.
Daily RADIKAL leads with the headline "Tension with Syria escalates", saying a Syrian missile system locked on to a Turkish jet's radar and that Turkey has deployed special forces on its border with the war-torn country. It said Syrian jets flew over a region close to Turkey after the downing of a warplane on Sunday, adding that Turkish jets are ready for any potential intervention on the border.
Turkish dailies also covered an historic decision by an Egyptian court to sentence hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death.
"Heaviest punishment in history" reads the front page of the VATAN daily which said the Egyptian judiciary sentenced 529 supporters of Muslim Brotherhood to death. The Brotherhood has been protesting against the military junta which deposed the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi.
Daily YENISAFAK runs with the headline: "26 executions in a minute" – a reference to the death penalties, reporting that the decisions were taken in a trial which lasted for 20 minutes. The final verdict on these defendants will be pronounced on April 28 and will be sent to the Grand Mufti of Egypt for consultation, the daily reported.
Newspapers also covered the case of the missing Malaysian passenger jet which disappeared more than two weeks ago. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told families of those missing on flight MH370 that the plane had likely crashed in the Indian Ocean.
Daily SABAH's main headline was "Plane crashed, none alive". The story quoted the Malaysian premier saying that no one is reported to have survived this crash. Flight MH370 disappeared less than an hour after take-off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing over two weeks ago.
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