22 People Were Killed , Several injured in ISIL Protests Across Turkey

At least 22 people were killed and scores of protesters, as well as policemen, were injured in clashes throughout Turkey on Oct. 7. The highest toll was in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır with eight deaths. Other eastern provinces including Van, Batman, Siirt, Muş, Mardin, Şanlurfa, Bitlis, Adıyaman, Hakkari, Tunceli and Şırnak also witnessed protests that led to casualties and arrests.

Thirty people, including eight policemen, were injured in Istanbul, while 98 protesters were detained, according to the Istanbul governorate. A group of masked protesters barricaded a road in Ankara before being dispersed by the police. İzmir, another western metropolis, saw 26 arrests. Adana, Antakya, Osmaniye, Antalya, Eskişehir, Denizli and Kocaeli are other cities where protests were staged.

Police used tear gas and water cannons against protesters, some of whom were throwing molotov cocktails at security forces and local buildings including schools and banks. A curfew has been declared in six provinces and schools went on holiday in several districts. Turkish Airlines flights to Diyarbakır, as well as Adana-Mersin train services, have been cancelled.


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