Turkish Parliament to hold extraordinary meeting

Turkey’s parliament to hold extraordinary meeting over increasing terror attacks

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish Grand National Assembly

Turkey’s Grand National Assembly will hold an extraordinary meeting on Wednesday at 3:00pm to discuss a resolution over recent terror attacks following a call by Turkey’s main opposition party, Republican People’s Party (CHP) to open a parliamentary investigation.

The resolution asks for an investigation of the reasons behind the recent increase of terror attacks threatening public peace and possible precautions against them.

The meeting is expected to be held in a closed session and the only agenda of the parliament will be resolution of the parliamentary investigation.

Turkey has been the target of increasing number of attacks by militant groups such as ISIS and PKK.

On July 20, a suicide attack, believed to conducted by ISIS, killed 32 people in the Suruc border district of Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa province.

Two police officers, Feyyaz Yumusak and Okan Acar were assassinated in their shared home in Sanliurfa on July 22 by the People's Defence Forces (HPG), the armed unit of PKK.

On July 23, a Turkish non-commissioned officer, Yalcin Nane, was killed and two sergeants were wounded in Turkey’s southern border town of Kilis by gunfire opened from a region controlled by ISIS in northern Syria.

Two Gendarmerie Sergeants, Ismail Yavuz and Mehmet Kocak, were killed and four others injured on July 26 after a car filled with explosives was blown up by PKK terrorists whilst a military vehicle was passing by in Lice district of southeastern Diyarbakir province.

On July 27, Garrison Commander Major Arslan Kulaksiz was killed by the HPG, in eastern Mus province.

Sergeant Ziya Sarpkaya in plain clothes was killed during his furlough in Hakkari on July 28.

Alarmed by the increasing number of attacks, on July 24, thousands of Turkish security forces and gendarmerie have launched nationwide anti-terrorism operations in many cities across Turkey.

Turkish security forces have detained 1,050 suspects across 34 Turkish provinces since the nationwide "anti-terrorist operations" in the country began, security officials said on Monday.

Most of the suspects allegedly belonged to ISIS, PKK and the far-left Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C).

Turkey also hit positions held by ISIS and PKK in Syria and northern Iraq with in three waves of air strikes since July 24.

“The operations targeting members of ISIS, the outlawed DHKP-C, outlawed PKK and the PKK’s youth affiliate the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H) will continue as long as the threats remain,” Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Saturday.

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