Turkey completes first set of walls on Syrian border

Turkey completes first phase of portable walls on Syrian border in Hatay province

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Workers seen at construction site, setting up portable walls along the Syrian border in Hatay province in this file photo.

The first set of portable walls in Turkey's southern Hatay province on Turkish-Syrian border have been completed, according to local media reports on Thursday.

The authorities decided to build the wall over the border of Reyhanli district of Hatay to prevent illegal exit and entries along with smuggling.

The portable wall is planned to be 36.5-kilometres long and the walls for Bukulmez, Kusaklik and Besaslan neighbourhoods were completed, the site manager Abdullah Uysal informed.

“In past four months, we have built 11.5-kilometres long wall in three areas. 75 personnel have worked in 24 hour round shifts. We will continue building the wall into its second phase between Reyhanli and Hassa which is 25-kilometres long,” Uysal said.

Uysal added that the portable walls constructed over the border are three metres in height, is seven tonnes in weight and two metres wide.

Two ISIS suspects arrested in Hatay

Hatay's police force detained nine ISIS suspects earlier in the day and arrested two of them for over being “members of terrorist organisation,” Turkish media reported.

Police carried out raids in Iskenderun and Dortyol districts of Hatay, and detained nine others while searching for another suspect over accusations of being an ISIS member. 

Authorities found arms, ammunition and organizational documents at homes of suspects during searches. 

Four other suspects were released on condition of judicial controls and ban on abroad travel while other two were released pending trial. Following interrogations, another suspect was released.

TRTWorld and agencies