Kayseri events.. Hundreds arrested in Turkey and the death toll from protests in northern Syria rises | News


Turkish authorities have arrested hundreds of suspects involved in violence that took place last Sunday evening in the central province of Kayseri, which targeted the interests of Syrians there, while the death toll from anti-Turkish protests in northern Turkey has risen. Syria Up to 7 people.

Turkish Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya said on the X platform that “474 people were arrested after the provocative actions” targeting Syrians in TürkiyeHe added that 285 of those arrested had criminal records.

The Minister called on Turkish citizens not to be led by provocative acts, and to act moderately. He also called on citizens not to commit crimes, such as harming people, the environment and property through illegal means.

In turn, Turkish Defense Minister Yasar Guler said that attempts to disrupt public order by some will be foiled thanks to the efforts of state institutions. He added, in a statement, “We are closely monitoring the negative perceptions and increasing tensions that have been recently attempted to be created regarding Syrian refugees.”

Last Sunday evening, violence erupted after a Syrian was arrested on suspicion of molesting a minor, with a group of people targeting shops and properties belonging to Syrians in the city of Kayseri in central Turkey.

Several videos posted on social media showed people smashing the window of a grocery store they claimed was run by Syrians before setting it on fire. In one recording, a Turkish man can be heard shouting, “We don’t want any more Syrians. We don’t want any more foreigners.”

Intelligence statement

For its part, the Turkish Intelligence Agency announced that it was tracking down those it described as instigators inside the country and in northern Syria, who were inciting against Syrians in Turkey and Turks in northern Syria.

The Turkish intelligence confirmed, in a statement, the arrest of a number of these people in the cities of Antakya, Gaziantep, Kayseri, Konya, Bursa, and Istanbul, in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior and security forces.
The statement said that the aim of what it called provocative actions was an attempt to target Türkiye’s foreign policies.

Meanwhile, attacks targeting Syrian refugees continued in the city of Kayseri and some other neighboring cities for the second day in a row, and extended to other cities, including Istanbul, on Monday evening. Agence France-Presse said that the police had strengthened security measures around the Syrian consulate in Istanbul.

Turkish media and public figures called on the Turkish people to remain calm, obey the law, and not be drawn into calls described as suspicious.

Demonstrations and deaths

In the same context, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in northern Aleppo reported that scattered demonstrations took place in several areas under the control of the armed Syrian opposition, denouncing what Syrian refugees were subjected to in Kayseri province on Sunday evening at the hands of Turkish demonstrators.

The Syrian protesters demanded that the Turkish government protect Syrian refugees in its country and prevent any attacks on them. The protesters also blocked the path of a number of Turkish cars while they were crossing some areas in the Aleppo countryside.

A Syrian medical source reported that the death toll from anti-Turkey protests in northern Syria has risen to 7 people.

It was a city Afrin Yesterday, unknown gunmen exchanged fire with Turkish forces in the northern countryside of Aleppo, resulting in injuries on both sides, according to local Syrian sources.

And it was Syrian National Army The opposition-affiliated official called on “Syrians in the liberated areas to avoid being dragged behind the troublemakers who seek to sabotage institutions,” noting that they “belong to the Syrians themselves.”

Revolutionary events

In the same context, revolutionary and civil activities in Idlib issued statements condemning the attacks on Syrian refugees in Kayseri, Turkey.

The Turkish President was Recep Tayyip Erdogan He condemned the recent wave of violence against Syrian refugees in Turkey. “Regardless of who they are, setting fire to streets and homes is unacceptable,” he said, stressing that hate speech should not be used for political gain.

Xenophobic violence has occurred in Turkey, which hosts some 3.2 million Syrian refugees, several times in recent years, usually sparked by rumours spread on social media and text messaging apps.

In August 2021, for example, groups of people targeted businesses and homes of Syrians in the capital, Ankara, after a dispute led to the death of an 18-year-old.

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