SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 22 June 2021, Tuesday | النسخة العربية

Erdogan is suing his opponent over the killing of Turkish hostages in Iraq

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has filed a complaint against his main opponent, who accused him of being responsible for the killing of 13 Turkish hostages by Kurdish rebels during a failed rescue operation in northern Iraq. Erdogan, who was deemed to have been subjected to moral abuse, is demanding compensation of half a million Turkish liras (60,000 euros) from the CHP Chairman Kemal Kilicdar Oglu, as reported by the Anatolian News Agency. On Sunday, Turkey announced that 13 of its citizens were “executed” by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, after Turkish soldiers trying to rescue them found their bodies in a cave. This news  rocked Turkey, where several opposition parties accused Erdogan and his government of endangering the lives of hostages by trying to liberate them by force instead of negotiation.