Turkish police detain 13 for social media posts criticising Syria operation (Updates)

Turkish police detained 13 people in the capital Ankara on Friday over social media posts in support of an open letter by the Turkish Medical Association opposing the ongoing Turkish military operation in the Syrian area of Afrin, alternative news site T24 said.

Among the arrestees were Songül Akbay, an advisor to former HDP co-chair Figen Yüksekdağ; Cevahir Canpolat of the Alevi association Pir Sultan Abdal; writer Emek Erez; Aysu Simge Taştan of the far-left group Student Collectives; Ali Erol of LGBTI rights group Kaos GL; Sibel Tekin of citizen journalism initiative Seyri Sokak and prominent lawyer Kemal Ulusoy, the site said.

The full scope of the operation is at present unknown, as police have yet to make a statement.

More than 300 social media users have been detained across Turkey since the start of the Afrin operation.

(Updated to add new developments)