15 hurt as Libyan vets, hotel customers clash in Turkish resort
ANTALYA – Doğan news agency
Many injured Libyans were brought to Turkey for treatment during the clashes in the country. DHA photoFifteen people were injured at a hotel in the Mediterranean province of Antalya following a row that broke out between some 100 veterans of the Libyan war who were brought to Turkey for medical treatment and other customers.
Law enforcement officials eventually arrived on the scene and accompanied the Libyan fighters back to their rooms. The police also took extensive security measures around the Porto Bello Hotel on the Konyaaltı Beach, where the incident took place at around 11 p.m. on Feb. 18, and said they would examine security footage.
The police were questioning the Libyan veterans as the Hürriyet Daily News went to print yesterday.
Some of the Libyan fighters allegedly locked the guests inside the hotel’s ballroom but later opened the doors, according to reports.
The 15, including some of the Libyan fighters, were wounded due to battery and were taken to hospitals around the city center.
The incident broke out when the veterans were passing time at the ballroom, after which time they began arguing with other customers who also knew Arabic and were celebrating a traditional henna night, according to reports.
The Libyan fighters arrived in Antalya as the Health Ministry’s guests and were receiving rehabilitation treatment at various hospitals in the province.