Feb 12 2018

Turkish prisoner beaten for opposing Afrin offensive

Two prison inmates in Turkey severely beat another and fractured his skull for criticising the Turkish offensive in Syria, leftist newspaper Evrensel said.

The unnamed victim in Düzce prison, northwestern Turkey, was taken to hospital. The attackers said they beat him because he denounced the operation when they were watching television, the newspaper wrote.

Officials said they had launched an investigation into the incident, it said.

Turkey has arrested hundreds of people over the past weeks on charges of “terrorist propaganda” after they criticised the country's military offensive in Syria.

Turkey on Jan. 20 launched an air and ground offensive, called "Olive Branch," against the Kurdish militia People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria's northwestern Afrin region.

"Since the start of Operation Olive Branch, 449 people have been detained for spreading terrorist propaganda on social media and 124 people detained for taking part in protest action," the Interior Ministry said in a statement last week.