Turkey: angry crowds pelt three ministers with stones

Angered by the government's policies on Isil and refugees

22 September, 12:20

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, SEPTEMBER 22 - Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus and Food, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister Mehdi Eker were attacked with stones on Saturday by a group of outraged people in Turkey's Sanliurfa province due to a new wave of refugees from the Syrian district of Kobani, recently captured by the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). As Isil militants backed by tanks captured 16 Kurdish villages within 44 hours in Syria's northern Kobani district, near the Turkish border, prompting civilians to flee their homes amid fears of retribution by the extremists sweeping across the area, the three ministers paid a visit to Sanliurfa's Suruc district, where tens of thousands of refugees have taken shelter along the border. Angered by the government's policies on Isil and refugees, an angry crowd of people threw stones at the three ministers and their entourage. Coming to observe the conditions in Suruc, the three ministers were booed and showered with stones by the angry crowd, which chanted slogans against the government's Isil and refugee policies. The ministers' bodyguards attempted to prevent the stones from hitting the ministers and their delegation. For over a year, Isil and Kurdish militia fighters have been locked in a fierce battle in several pockets of northern Syria that are largely inhabited by Kurds. These clashes are only one front in Syria's broader civil war - a multilayered conflict that the UN says has killed more than 190,000. (ANSAmed).

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