A total of 348 people have been detained in the past week during protests that erupted over the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) attacks on the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, security officials announced on Tuesday. Report Today Zaman
The İstanbul Police Department said in a statement released on Tuesday that 348 people were detained between Oct. 6 and Oct. 13 in İstanbul and that 102 of those detained were minors. The statement said 336 detainees were sent to court for arrest and 10 were arrested.
According to the statement, among the materials seized from the suspects were 111 Molotov cocktails, two unlicensed guns and three pump rifles.
People took to the streets last Tuesday following reports that ISIL was very near to capturing the town of Kobani, which is being defended by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), a Syrian-based affiliate of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Fighting still continues in the Syrian town, which is situated very near the Turkish border.
More than 30 people have been killed during the protests, mainly in southeastern Turkey, while over 350 people — including 139 members of security forces — were injured. Over a thousand protestors have been detained in connection with the protests, which erupted in 35 provinces across Turkey.