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Turkey: 4 mayors dismissed over alleged terror links

Mayors dismissed from Peoples' Democratic Party, accused by government of having links to terror group YPG/PKK

Halil Ibrahim Sincar, Yasin Dikme   | 16.11.2019
Turkey: 4 mayors dismissed over alleged terror links

MARDIN / SANLIURFA, Turkey

Four mayors in eastern Turkey on Saturday were dismissed for allegedly supporting terrorism.

The mayors of Suruc in Sanliurfa as well as the Mazidagi, Savur, and Derik districts of Mardin -- Hatice Cevik, Nalan Ozaydin, Gulistan Oncu and Mulkiye Esmez, respectively -- have been suspended, the provinces' governorships said in official announcements.

Turkey's government accuses of the HDP having links to the terrorist group YPG/PKK.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and the European Union -- has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the PKK's Syrian offshoot.

*Writing by Burak Bir

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