Turkey denies accusations of providing electricity to ISIS

Turkey’s energy minister denies claims that accuses Turkey of providing electricity to the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkey’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz said on Monday that accusations reported in the media claiming the Dicle Electricity Distribution Incorporation (DEDAS) is providing electricity to ISIS, are not true.

A local media outlet had recently reported and continues to report claims that Turkey is providing electricity to Syria’s Tal Abyad near the Turkey border.

Yildiz expressed the continuation of claims signal a lack of good intention despite DEDAS previously refuting the claims in a statement.

“The reports of certain national and foreign press saying electricity is provided from Turkey's Sanliurfa to Tal Abyad do not reflect the truth,” Yildiz said, going on to ask public not to pay attention to such reports.

Meanwhile, thousands of Syrian refugees flocked into Turkey in the past week fleeing the fighting between the ISIS and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) for control of Tal Abyad.

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday that Turkey should be prepared for an influx of at least 100,000 Syrian refugees fleeing the war.

In the last two weeks, the number of the Syrians who crossed the border into Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa province has reached nearly 15,000, said official sources on Friday.

Meanwhile, nearly 400 Syrian refugees have been initially given permission to enter Turkey on Monday.

TRTWorld and agencies