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CRIME >780 ISIL suspects remain in Turkish jails: Ministry

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At least 780 people, including 350 foreigners, remain in detention some of whom have been convicted for suspected links to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), according to the Turkish Justice Ministry.

The Justice Ministry released a report on Jan. 11 saying a total of 725 people, who are suspected of being ISIL members, were currently in prison.

An additional 55 have already been convicted for being members of the terrorist group.

The report has stated that 73 people have been convicted of being members of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization - 10 others are still detained.

Since 2015, Turkey has been fighting several terrorist groups both at home and along its border with Syria.

The number of injured people who have received treatment in Turkey after evacuation from the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo has risen to 482, according to a provincial government along Turkey’s border with Syria.

The Hatay Governor’s Office said that 76 of the 482 injured Aleppan civilians succumbed to their wounds despite all efforts, while 102 others were discharged.

Late last month Syrian opposition forces and the regime reached a cease-fire deal, brokered by Turkey and Russia, to evacuate civilians from eastern Aleppo to safe areas in opposition-held Idlib.

So far, some 44,000 people have been evacuated from the area, according to Turkish authorities.

January/11/2017

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