Policeman treated for COVID-19 lauds Turkish healthcare

By Cihan Okur

AMASYA, Turkey (AA) – A Turkish police officer who recovered from the novel coronavirus after 14 days of treatment praised Turkey’s health system Thursday.

Mustafa Cankara, 47, who works at a hospital in Amasya province, spoke about his experience to Anadolu Agency.

Cankara first consulted a doctor at the hospital after developing a high fever, chills and tremors.

He was diagnosed with COVID-19, but the results for his wife and three children were negative.

He recovered after two weeks of treatment and was discharged from the hospital amid applause from healthcare workers.

He suspected that he may have caught the virus at the hospital where he is working.

“The disease’s effects sometimes worsened, but I would like to express my thanks to the healthcare workers. All of the doctors and nurses did their best. May Allah bless them,” he said.

Cankara warned everyone, especially young people, who underestimate the disease.

“I was thinking that I am a healthy person, I don’t have any chronic diseases. I wasn’t aware of the seriousness of this disease until I contracted it. Everyone should obey the rules. Isolation is very important. Less contact will help us defeat this virus,” he added.

-Power of Turkish health system

He said an early diagnosis is very important.

“My quarantine will continue at home for 14 days. After this period, if there is no problem, I will return to my normal life and will be able to work. While I was being treated in the hospital, I had the chance to watch TV a lot and I observed that many other countries’ health systems are suffering. Thank Allah that we have a strong health system. I saw it in the hospital.”

Turkey currently has 120,204 coronavirus cases, while the death toll in the country stands at 3,174 and a total of 48,886 patients have been discharged from hospitals after recovering from the virus.

Since first appearing in Wuhan, China last December, the novel coronavirus has spread to at least 185 countries and regions, with the US and Europe the hardest-hit areas.

More than 3.2 million cases have been reported worldwide, with the death toll passing 232,000 and over 1 million recoveries, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University in the US.

Turkish police mark 175th anniversary

By Berk Ozkan, Ahmet Sertan Usul

ISTANBUL /ANKARA (AA) – Turkey marked on Friday 175th anniversary of its police force.

The Turkish police, established on April 10, 1845, provide services ranging from traffic to fighting against terrorism and narcotics, and continue to work for the country's peace and security non-stop.

The department, with its 323,842 personnel, also helps the nation during the times of disasters and calamities such as earthquakes, floods, or epidemics such as coronavirus.

The country's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, congratulated the police on their foundation day.

"Congratulations on the 175th anniversary of our Turkish police service, the guarantor of peace and prosperity in our country," he said in a statement on Twitter.

"On this occasion, I wish Allah's mercy upon our sacred martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the nation, the flag, the homeland and the state, and express my gratitude to our veterans."

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay also greeted the police department in a similar message.

"I celebrate the 175th anniversary of the foundation of Turkish police service, which guarantees our peace and security. I take this opportunity to wish Allah's mercy upon our martyred police officers, and recovery for our veterans as well as a good and long life," he tweeted.

*Writing by Seda Sevencan in Ankara

Turkish police arrest 3 Daesh/ISIS terror suspects

By Omer Yildiz and Eren Bozkurt

ADANA, Turkey (AA) – Three suspected Daesh/ISIS terrorists were arrested in Turkey’s southern province of Adana, police sources said Thursday.

The three Syrian nationals were arrested in an anti-terror operation carried out by Turkish police.

Turkey was one of the first countries to recognize Daesh/ISIS as a terrorist group in 2013, as soon as it emerged.

The country has since been attacked by Daesh/ISIS terrorists numerous times, including 10 suicide bombings, seven bombings and four armed attacks which killed 315 people and injured hundreds.

In response, Turkey launched military and police operations at home and abroad to prevent further terror attacks.

Turkish special team of 1,000 police deployed on Greek border

By Faruk Zorlu

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey deployed 1,000 fully-equipped police along the Turkish-Greek land border, country's interior minister said on Thursday.

"We are bringing fully-equipped special police team of 1,000 throughout the Meric River to prevent push-backs," Suleyman Soylu said in Turkey's northwestern Edirne province, bordering Greece and Bulgaria.

Last week, Turkish officials announced they would no longer try to stop asylum seekers from reaching Europe.

Since then, thousands of asylum seekers have flocked to Edirne, along the borders with Greece and Bulgaria, to make their way into Europe.

The decision was made after 34 Turkish soldiers were martyred by Assad regime forces in Idlib, northwestern Syria last week.

The Turkish soldiers were working to protect local civilians under a 2018 deal with Russia under which acts of aggression are prohibited in the region.

Turkey, which already hosts some 3.7 million Syrian migrants, more than any country in the world, says it cannot absorb another refugee wave.

Ankara has repeatedly complained that Europe has failed to keep its promises under the 2016 EU-Turkey refugee deal to help migrants and stem further migrant waves.