Worker fired from the construction site of the AKM in Istanbul for demanding better conditions against COVID-19
Filiz Gazi reports: A construction worker at the building site of the new Atatürk Cultural Center (AKM) next to Istanbul's main Taksim square, was fired from his job for demanding better working conditions against the novel virus. “This place is is being built by the state. Well, I'm part of the state. I pay taxes, and I'm building this place. Should we die?" asks E.I.
Two Turkish soldiers were killed and two others wounded after a mortar attack by PKK militants in northern Iraq's Haftanin region on March 25, the Turkish Defense Ministry said. Shortly after, the ministry said in a separate statement that Turkish warplanes had hit four targets in the region, killing eight PKK militants.
The United States will reportedly expand its consulate premises in Istanbul's Sarıyer district. According to Sözcü, the U.S. will construct an additional building on the land and transfer a number of units that are in the main building to the new one once the permit is obtained.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 struck Turkey's eastern province of Elazığ on March 19. The quake's epicenter was Sivrice district.
A report by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUİK) published on March 18 revealed that the segment of the Turkish population that is above the age of 65 had increased by 20% since 2014, reaching 9.1 percent of the general population. However, it noted that 62.8% of the elderly population was below 74.
Prosecutors have launched an investigation into a news report on pilgrims who allegedly did not undergo a medical check up after returning to Turkey from Saudi Arabia. The news report said about 500 pilgrims were directly sent home, with several of them defying the 14-day quarantine rule and spending their time outside their houses despite the authorities' calls for social distancing amid coronavirus outbreak.
The Istanbul Governor's Office has refuted the allegations that a Tunisian national who was denied entry into Turkey was battered by the security personnel at the Istanbul Airport. The man in question had inflicted self-harm by hitting his head to the door where he was being held, said the governor's office.
Turkey's court of cassation ruled the 2009 death of a truck driver from the swine flu (H1N1) a work accident, the broadcaster Habertürk reported on March 10. The ruling allowed the driver's family to receive financial aid, help that would have otherwise been extremely difficult to receive.
A Turkish soldier and three local Syrian security personnel were killed in a car bomb attack in Ras al-Ayn in northern Syria, the governor's office of Şanlıurfa said on March 12. The attack occurred within the area of Turkey's "Peace Spring Operation."
A preliminary report prepared on a Pegasus Airlines plane that crashed at Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen Airport in February has said that the pilots commenced "manual braking" with a delay of six seconds after the landing.
A secret witness testifying in the trial of a man accused of being a follower of the US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen said that Gülen's followers tried to kill President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by having him fall off a horse in 2003. The secret witness, known as 'Zaman,' testified that Gülenists poisoned a horse named Cihan that Erdoğan rode and fell off of during the opening of a park in the Bayrampaşa district of Istanbul.
Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency has claimed that Greek police are digging a trench along the border and have placed fences along the Evros River, a relatively safe crossing for migrants. Migrants at the Turkey-Greece border have been exposed to tear gas and plastic bullets from both sides since Ankara's Feb. 28 decision to allow migrants to cross into the European Union.
Akdeniz University featured an academic they'd laid off in a promotional video for International Women's Day. The academic was laid off with a state of emergency decree concerning the peace petition "We will not be party to this crime," signed by over 1,000 academics who came to be known as the Academics for Peace.
Former Justice Minister Şevket Kazan died March 9 at the age of 86 in Ankara. He was known and highly criticized for wanting to defend the assailants of the Sivas Massacre of 1993 that killed 37 people, mostly Alevi intellectuals. He also made controversial comments about the 'One Minute of Dark for Lasting Light' protest of Feb. 1, 1997, where citizens condemned the Susurluk Scandal in which government-police-mafia ties were revealed by a traffic accident on Nov. 3, 1996.
The planned metro station of the new Istanbul Airport will be located 300 meters away from the airport. Kadri Samsunlu, CEO of the IGA firm that runs the airport, acknowledged that the extensive distance was due to a planning error while speaking to Turkish journalist Fatih Altaylı. However, Samsunlu said that establishing a connection using electric or autonomous vehicles might be possible.