Jan 22 2018

Turkey arrests 24 on terrorism charges for social media posts on Afrin

Turkish security forces have arrested 24 people on terror charges for sharing social media posts about the Turkish military operation against the Kurdish-held Syrian enclave of Afrin, moderate Islamist newspaper Karar quoted the Turkish Interior Ministry as saying.

The ministry also said that 12 members of terrorist organisations had been killed by security forces and that there had been 823 terror operations carried out across the country over the last week.

Seventeen of the 24 social media arrests were made in the majority-Kurdish city of Diyarbakır, the ministry said, over users sharing false information that contained terrorist propaganda or making provocative calls for action over Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch in the Syrian province of Afrin, which began on Saturday.