VIDEO: 590 detained in police crackdown on ISIL, PKK throughout Turkey
ISTANBULTurkish security forces on July 25 launched new dawn raids in 14 provinces to arrest suspected members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
Police had on July 24 launched major raids in 22 provinces against suspected ISIL and PKK members after a wave of deadly violence in the country, detaining 288 people.
The raids on July 25 took place in 14 provinces including Istanbul, Ankara and İzmir, as well as Konya in central Turkey, Manisa in the west, Adana in the south, Adıyaman, Şanlıurfa and Tunceli in the southeast and Erzincan in the east.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu told journalists that 302 more people detained as of July 25, bringing the total to 590.
Scores of addresses, including those in the central Istanbul district of Beyoğlu, were raided on July 25.
As well as ISIL and the PKK, the arrest operations also targeted suspected members of the PKK’s youth wing, The Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H), and the Marxist Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party Front (DHKP-C).