Turkey has exempted citizens of 11 European countries from tourist visas for visits under 90 days and no more often than once every 180 days. The exemption will be applicable for tourist travel and transit passage.
One customs personnel was killed in a rocket attack carried out on an armored vehicle belonging to Gürbulak Customs Office near the Iranian border in the eastern province of Ağrı on March 2. "A rocket that was fired on an armored vehicle carrying Ağrı Gürbulak Customs Office personnel hit its front tire at 8:50 a.m. There are injuries," Minister Soylu said.
One Turkish soldier was killed and two were wounded in shelling by Syrian gov't forces in Idlib, Turkish Defense Ministry said on Feb. 28, a day after 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in the region.
Analyst Metin Gürcan has said that the attack which killed 33 Turkish soldiers in Idlib on Feb. 27 was carried out by Russian and Syrian jets "in coordinated action." Basing his report on local sources, Gürcan also wrote that the death toll is higher than what was announced by Ankara. “According to unconfirmed information obtained by Al-Monitor, the actual death toll is somewhere between 50 and 55,” he wrote.
The deaths of at least 33 Turkish soldiers in the Syrian rebel-held province of Idlib came only hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan claimed that the tables were turning in Turkey's favor in Idlib on Feb. 27. In the meantime Russian and Turkish officials were holding meetings to break the impasse. Around 10 p.m. news broke on social media that a large number of Turkish soldiers were killed in an attack in Idlib. The official confirmation of the attack came at 11.50 p.m. from local governor of Hatay, however, in his first statement he said that nine Turkish soldiers were killed.
An individual was wounded by a "warning shot" from a watchman in the Mediterranean province of Antalya as the watchmen intervened in a brawl in a shop and was conducting identity checks on the scene. The watchman allegedly shot the individual as he was fleeing because he had a fake ID.
Lawyers from across Turkey will meet at an Ankara courthouse on March 2 and march to the Supreme Court in protest of the disintegration of the rule of law that has occurred in recent years under the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government. Chairman of the Istanbul Bar Association Mehmet Durakoğlu claimed that the absence of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations (TBB) in the fight for judicial independence made the situation worse in the last years.
An unidentified assailant grabbed an Istanbul police officer's gun from its holster and shot in the foot at the metro station in Istanbul's largest bus terminal. The suspect fled the scene on foot with the gun.
Turkey's social media celebrated President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's 66th birthday with the hashtags "Happy Birthday Man of the People" and "Happy Birthday RTE." Erdoğan himself shared a video message expressing his gratitude. "I will never leave you alone," Erdoğan said in his video response.
A fire erupted on İmralı Island, where PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan is serving a prison sentence, in the northwestern province of Bursa early on Feb. 27. Bursa Governor's Office released a statement on the issue, saying that the fire erupted in a location far from the İmralı Prison, on the northern part of the island. According to the statement, 150 personnel are working on fire extinction efforts.
The construction of an Istanbul mosque has begun on a multi-billion liras worth of land in Levent -- the city's prime business district. The construction started after the government transferred the ownership of the land from the Central Bank to the Urbanization Ministry. The construction is being undertaken by a former AKP deputy's company.
The Istanbul Bar Association is organizing a march from the Ankara Courthouse to the Court of Cassation on March 2 to demand a judiciary free of political interference. A total of 20 bar association have announced that they will partake in the march.
Culture and Tourism Minister Ersoy has announced that the ministry will take over the operation of Istanbul's historic Galata Tower from the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. Mayor İmamoğlu reacted against the decision saying the municipality took the issue to the court. He also said matters concerning Istanbul should be consulted with the municipality.
An Istanbul court has ordered the arrest of the captain pilot of a plane that skidded off the runway earlier this month at an Istanbul airport and killed three passengers. The pilot faces charges of “involuntary manslaughter and causing injury."
A forum that was set to take place in Istanbul's central Taksim Square to discuss the potential environmental effects of the controversial Kanal Istanbul project has been cancelled at the last minute. The forum had a previous clearance from the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.