Turkey deports 11 French ‘terrorist’ suspects

The ministry said last week that 59 ‘foreign terrorists’ have been deported to their home countries since November 11. (File/AFP)
Updated 09 December 2019

Turkey deports 11 French ‘terrorist’ suspects

  • Ankara has lambasted Western countries for refusing to take back their citizens
  • 26 were sent back to the United States and Europe

ANKARA: Turkey sent 11 French “foreign terrorist fighters” back to France on Monday, the Turkish interior ministry said.
“Eleven French citizens have been deported to their home country,” it said in a statement.
Ankara has lambasted Western countries for refusing to take back their citizens who left to join the Daesh group in Syria and Iraq.
It says it has some 1,200 foreign Daesh members in custody.
The ministry said last week that 59 “foreign terrorists” have been deported to their home countries since November 11, when a new deportation push was started.
Of them, 26 were sent back to the United States and Europe.
“Turkey is no one’s open air prison or hotel,” said ministry spokesman Ismail Catakli, adding that Turkish authorities would deport all of the suspects.


Oman to end lockdown of Muscat governorate on May 29

Updated 27 May 2020

Oman to end lockdown of Muscat governorate on May 29

DUBAI: Oman will on Friday end a lockdown of its Muscat governorate — which includes the capital — that has been in place since April 10 as the sultanate eases its coronavirus containment measures, the state news agency reported on Wednesday.
It said a state committee had also ordered government entities to ensure at least 50% of employees are working from their offices from May 31.