Turkey rounds up 52 Syrian Daesh suspects: state media

Turkey blames Daesh for the 2015 peace rally bombing that killed 100 individuals. (AFP/File)
Updated 14 February 2019
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Turkey rounds up 52 Syrian Daesh suspects: state media

  • Turkey believes Daesh are responsible for a number of terror attacks in Turkey
  • All the individuals arrested in the crackdown are Syrian nationals

ISTANBUL: Turkish authorities on Thursday detained 52 suspected Daesh extremists in northwestern province of Bursa as part of a crackdown on the militants, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
Police launched raids at five addresses in the Osmangazi district to round up the suspects who were all Syrian nationals, Anadolu said.
Daesh are blamed in Turkey for a spate of terror attacks, including a 2015 bombing on a peace rally at a train station in the capital Ankara that claimed 100 lives.
Turkey has stepped up the fight against the extremists and allowed a US-led international coalition to launch air raids on the group's bases in Syria from its soil.


Moroccans protest prison sentences of anti-poverty activists

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Moroccans protest prison sentences of anti-poverty activists

  • Security forces kept watch as participants sang, “The people want the detainees released” and “Long live Rif.”

RABAT: Thousands of demonstrators in Morocco are condemning prison sentences given to the leader of the Hirak Rif anti-poverty movement and dozens of other activists.
The demonstration brought one of the main avenues of the Moroccan capital, Rabat, to a standstill on Sunday. Security forces kept watch as participants sang, “The people want the detainees released” and “Long live Rif.”
Hirak leader Nasser Zefzafi was sentenced to the maximum prison term of 20 years for threatening state security. An appeals court upheld his sentence and those of other activists this month.
Rif is the struggling region in northern Morocco where the Hirak movement was born in 2016. The movement demands development and job creation for the region.
Families, human rights organizations and left-wing parties are demanding the imprisoned activists’ immediate release.