Turkey detains 46 for posting criticism of country’s offensive in Syria online
Turkish authorities on Friday detained 46 people for allegedly disseminating “terror propaganda” on social media regarding Turkey’s military operation in north-eastern Syria, according to state media.
The suspects were detained in the city of Adana in south-eastern Turkey and are also accused of inciting hatred and insulting the Turkish state, the Anadolu news agency said.
Last month, Turkey halted its assault on Kurdish militias in north-eastern Syria after two ceasefire deals, first with the United States, then with Russia.
Ankara recently suggested the operation would resume, arguing that neither Russia nor the US has managed to force the militias to vacate the border zone as agreed.
Turkey has been cracking down on dissent over the Syria operation, which started on October 9, with several arrests.
Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said last month that about 500 social media accounts have been investigated for insulting the operation and that 121 people have been arrested.
The minister had warned more detentions would follow.
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