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The head of the Turkish presidency’s media office, Fahrettin Altun, said that the Turkish government is closely following the ongoing incitement that is increasing tension in the country at the expense of Syrian refugees, while demonstrations erupted in protest against acts of violence targeting Syrian interests in the Turkish province of Kayseri.

He added that some hostile parties toTürkiye It is trying to create chaos through provocative activities aimed at testing the public order in our country, but it will not succeed in achieving its goals of destabilizing us.

He stressed that the relevant authorities in the country, in coordination with the Presidency’s media office, are following up on work around the clock to confront false claims, deliberate misleading information, and fake news published on many social media platforms, which aim to provoke citizens.

He stressed that the authorities are continuing their investigations into the spread of publications that incite hatred against Syrian refugees.

For his part, Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya said that the security services opened an investigation into 79,000 accounts that published 343,000 tweets on the X platform about the events in Kayseri last night, and it turned out that 37% of these accounts were fake accounts, and 68% of the posts were aimed at inciting against Syrians.

Kaya announced the arrest of 67 people suspected of attacking Syrian property in Kayseri province, which witnessed riots following allegations that a Syrian relative had harassed a Syrian girl.

He concluded by saying that they “will never tolerate those who publish provocative posts that threaten Türkiye’s security and stability and spread hate speech.”

angry protests

In the north SyriaAl Jazeera’s correspondent in 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 yesterday evening, Sunday, 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.

Angry protesters attacked and set fire to some government and Turkish institutions, while others blocked the path of a number of Turkish commercial trucks while they were passing through some areas in the Aleppo countryside.

In the city Afrin In the northern countryside of Aleppo, unidentified gunmen exchanged fire with Turkish forces, resulting in injuries on both sides, according to local Syrian sources.

For his part, he called Syrian National Army The opposition-affiliated group called on Syrians in the liberated areas on Monday to “avoid being dragged behind those who are stirring up trouble and seeking to sabotage institutions,” noting that they “belong to the Syrians themselves.”

He added, “We are in contact with the Turkish side, which confirmed to us the institutions’ interest in holding accountable the vandals who attacked the Syrians and their property. We noticed this through the statements of the Turkish President and the Minister of Interior, who condemned these actions and stressed the need to hold the perpetrators accountable and take the necessary measures.”

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

In turn, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said that it is wrong to use the unfortunate events that took place in the city of Kayseri as a basis for acts of incitement outside the borders.

She added in a statement that Türkiye’s principled position and efforts for the safety of the Syrian people are above any incitement.

Hate speech

Earlier on Monday, the Turkish president said, Recep Tayyip Erdogan The “poisonous rhetoric of the opposition” is one of the reasons behind the violence that targeted Syrian refugees in the city of Kayseri (central Turkey) last night, following allegations that a Syrian man had harassed a child.

Erdogan added – in a speech during the consultative meeting with the local administrations of the party: Justice and Development In Ankara – It is impotent to resort to hatred to achieve political gains.

“No goal can be achieved by fuelling xenophobia and hatred of refugees in society… The poisonous rhetoric of the opposition is one of the reasons for the sad events caused by a small group in Kayseri yesterday,” he added.

“We cannot accept acts of vandalism and arson in the streets. We have never been like this, and we will never be like this. Discrimination and marginalization have never and will never find a place in the policies of the Justice and Development Party. We cannot advance or achieve a goal by being hostile to foreigners in society, practicing racism or resorting to using hate speech against them,” he continued.

Recurring events

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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