France’s FM: Turkey and Iran Are Violating International Law

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of France Jean-Yves Le Drian has spoken in an interview with France-based television channel BFM about Turkey and Iran’s presence in Syria.

Naming Turkey and Iran as countries “violating international law through their actions in Syria,” Le Drian added that Ankara “should not add war to war.”

“The Afrin operation should be condemned”

International law “is being violated by Turkey, by the Damascus regime, by Iran and those who are attacking eastern Ghouta and Idlib,” France’s foreign minister stated.

Concerning Turkey’s offensive in northern Syria against YPG, which it deems a terrorist organization, Le Drian asserted that “Ensuring the security of its borders does not mean killing civilians and that should be condemned.”

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden cancels Turkey visit

Swedish Radio (SR) announced that Minister of Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström’s Turkey visit in two weeks later had been postponed indefinitely.

The Swedish Radio asserted that this decision might come as a stand against Operation Olive Branch, while no official statement was made by the Ministry.

Wallström was scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during her visit. (PT/PU)

France’s FM: Turkey and Iran Are Violating International Law

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of France Jean-Yves Le Drian has spoken in an interview with France-based television channel BFM about Turkey and Iran’s presence in Syria.

Naming Turkey and Iran as countries “violating international law through their actions in Syria,” Le Drian added that Ankara “should not add war to war.”

“The Afrin operation should be condemned”

International law “is being violated by Turkey, by the Damascus regime, by Iran and those who are attacking eastern Ghouta and Idlib,” France’s foreign minister stated.

Concerning Turkey’s offensive in northern Syria against YPG, which it deems a terrorist organization, Le Drian asserted that “Ensuring the security of its borders does not mean killing civilians and that should be condemned.”

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden cancels Turkey visit

Swedish Radio (SR) announced that Minister of Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström’s Turkey visit in two weeks later had been postponed indefinitely.

The Swedish Radio asserted that this decision might come as a stand against Operation Olive Branch, while no official statement was made by the Ministry.

Wallström was scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during her visit. (PT/PU)

‘Social Media Operation’ in 2 Cities

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Five people in Çanakkale and Aydın have been detained due to their social media posts about Afrin operation.

Four people were detained in an operation carried out by Çanakkale Provincial Gendarmerie Commandership units last night (February 6) on charge of “propagandizing for the PKK/KCK terrorist organization” and “insulting the president” on social media. Search for another person continues.

A person named U.Y. was detained on Monday for “sharing posts on social media targeting Turkey about Operation Olive Branch” in Kuşadası, Aydın. 

573 detentions, 34 arrests

CLICK – 449 Detentions in ‘Social Media Operation’

The Ministry of Interior announced that 449 people were detained due to their social media posts about Afrin operation and 124 people were detained for participating in the demonstrations organized in protest of the operation since January 20 when the offensive began.

In total 573 people have been detained for protesting the offensive.

CLICK – Social Media Arrests in Antep, Adıyaman

At least 34 people were arrested due to their social media posts from January 20 to February 1. (AS/TK)

‘Social Media Operation’ in 2 Cities

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Click to read the article in Turkish/Kurdish

Five people in Çanakkale and Aydın have been detained due to their social media posts about Afrin operation.

Four people were detained in an operation carried out by Çanakkale Provincial Gendarmerie Commandership units last night (February 6) on charge of “propagandizing for the PKK/KCK terrorist organization” and “insulting the president” on social media. Search for another person continues.

A person named U.Y. was detained on Monday for “sharing posts on social media targeting Turkey about Operation Olive Branch” in Kuşadası, Aydın. 

573 detentions, 34 arrests

CLICK – 449 Detentions in ‘Social Media Operation’

The Ministry of Interior announced that 449 people were detained due to their social media posts about Afrin operation and 124 people were detained for participating in the demonstrations organized in protest of the operation since January 20 when the offensive began.

In total 573 people have been detained for protesting the offensive.

CLICK – Social Media Arrests in Antep, Adıyaman

At least 34 people were arrested due to their social media posts from January 20 to February 1. (AS/TK)

Communication Technologies Authority Blocks Access to 3 News Sites

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The Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) has blocked access to “direnisteyiz14.org” run by direnisteyiz.org, “kizilbayrak13.net” run by kizilbayrak.net, “mezopotamyaajansi.org” run by Mezopotamya Agency (MA).

On its Twitter account, direnisteyiz.org wrote “We recognize neither your censorship nor your bans. #ÖzgürBasınSusturulamaz (FreePressCannotBeSilenced)”.

MA had been banned in the past, it continues on www.mezopotamyaajansi3.com. (EA/TK)

Communication Technologies Authority Blocks Access to 3 News Sites

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Click to read the article in Turkish

The Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) has blocked access to “direnisteyiz14.org” run by direnisteyiz.org, “kizilbayrak13.net” run by kizilbayrak.net, “mezopotamyaajansi.org” run by Mezopotamya Agency (MA).

On its Twitter account, direnisteyiz.org wrote “We recognize neither your censorship nor your bans. #ÖzgürBasınSusturulamaz (FreePressCannotBeSilenced)”.

MA had been banned in the past, it continues on www.mezopotamyaajansi3.com. (EA/TK)

Villagers in Hakkari Connecting Cell Phone Network Through ‘Dronecell’

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Since cell phone networks fail to provide coverage in Akçalı village located in the Yüksekova district of Hakkari province, citizens have been putting their them in a box that they elevate with a drone, and communicating with loved ones through wireless earphones.

Residents of Akçalı (Kertînîs) village located 5 kilometers from the district and of population 800 resent the lack of cell phone reception in their village despite its proximity to the center, and complain particularly of their inability to communicate with their loved ones in jail and in military service, reports Erkan Çapraz in his piece in Yüksekovahaber.

“I’d bought a drone to talk to my brother in jail”

Village resident Ali Yücel Kaya owns the only drone in the village. Kaya puts the phones of those interested in boxes, which he then elevates 10 metres with the drone, in exchange for 1 Lira.

Speaking to Erkan Çapraz, Kaya said:

“In my 12 months of military service I spoke with my mother only once, and that was when she called me from the city center.

“When my brother went to jail we were unable to talk to him. We could only talk to him from the city center.

“Our village is 5 kilometers from the center, and there’s still no network. I am calling out to the authorities, please help us here.

“Because my mother is sick, she can’t talk with my jailed brother. I bought a drone to be able to speak with him. When we attach the phone and fly the drone up to a certain height, we can talk to him through bluetooth earphones.

“When there is an emergency in the middle of the night or a pregnant woman needing medical attention, I use the drone.

“We can’t climb the hills in the village because of the wild animals there, so everybody just prefers the drone.” (EKN/PU)

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