Eleven killed, 46 injured in Turkey bus crash

Rescue workers attend the scene after a bus crashed into trees on the side of a road in Eskisehir, Turkey, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (DHA-Depo Photos via AP)
Updated 20 January 2018
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Eleven killed, 46 injured in Turkey bus crash

ISTANBUL: Eleven people were killed and 46 injured when a Turkish intercity bus taking families bound for a half-term skiing trip crashed into trees while traveling on a motorway, local officials said.
The bus, which was making an overnight journey from the capital Ankara to the western city of Bursa, crashed in the region of Eskisehir amid good road conditions, Eskisehir governor Ozdemir Cakacak was quoted as saying by the Dogan news agency.
The road was empty and neither wet nor frozen, Cakacak said, vowing that the causes would be made clear.
Dogan reported that the passengers on the bus were mainly families with their children who were going to Bursa to spend the upcoming half-term at the popular Uludag ski resort nearby.
The news agency did not say if any children were among those killed.
The two drivers, who were both lightly injured, have been detained and prosecutors launched an investigation, Dogan said.
Turkey has a dire road safety record with over a million accidents in 2016 and 7,300 people losing their lives, according to official statistics.


Israel says troops kill Palestinian after attempted stabbing

Updated 9 min 28 sec ago
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Israel says troops kill Palestinian after attempted stabbing

  • Also Monday, the Israeli army ordered a nearby Palestinian school closed following alleged stone-throwing protests, firing tear gas and stun grenades to clear out the building.
  • Over the weekend, a Palestinian woman was killed after being hit in the face with a stone thrown at her car.

JERUSALEM: Israeli troops on Monday shot and killed a Palestinian man who allegedly tried to stab a soldier in the northern West Bank, the military said.
The military said the alleged attacker did not wound any soldiers before he was spotted and shot.
The incident came as security forces continued to search for a Palestinian who shot and killed two Israelis in a West Bank industrial park last week. The military notified the man’s family on Monday that it intends to demolish his home in response to the attack.
The area has experienced an uptick in violence since last week’s shooting.
Also Monday, the Israeli army ordered a nearby Palestinian school closed following alleged stone-throwing protests, firing tear gas and stun grenades to clear out the building.
The military said Monday it declared the 500-student school in Sawyeh a closed military zone in response to a “large number of popular terror acts.” But students defied the order and came to classes with their families, backed by the Palestinian education minister.
Troops fired tear gas and stun grenades into the school early Monday, sending students and their families scrambling out of the building.
The army did not say when the school would reopen.
Over the weekend, a Palestinian woman was killed after being hit in the face with a stone thrown at her car — an attack the Palestinians have blamed on Israeli settlers.
Last week, a Palestinian assailant stabbed an Israeli soldier in the same area.