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Security officials arrested 10 people in Konya province suspected of providing fighters and weapons to Syrian rebels. The arrests were sparked by complaints from families that an extremist group was recruiting their children.
An Istanbul court gave celebrated Turkish pianist Fazil Say a suspended sentence of 10 months in prison for insulting Muslim values based on several Tweets he made last year. Turkey's ambassador to Jerusalem has become the first ambassador recognized by Palestine. Turkey warned Israel not to engage in "dirty bargaining" over the Mavi Marmara raid.
President Gül warned that religious intolerance in Europe will lead to "new inquisitions and Holocausts, as well as incidents evoking Srebrenica." A senior military commander of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) demanded to have direct contact with jailed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan.
Turkish police disclosed that a February raid on two terrorist cells in Istanbul and Tekirdag revealed an al Qaeda plot to bomb the US Embassy in Ankara, an Istanbul synagogue, and other targets. The operation resulted in the arrests of two Chechens, two Azeris, and eight Turks. The Free Cause Party called for a ceasefire between the PKK and Hizbullah following clashes at Dicle University.
Police clashed with thousands of demonstrators in Istanbul who protested the proceedings against 275 military officials, politicians, and academics accused of plotting a coup against the Erdogan goverment. Three people were killed at a university in Diyarbakır province in a fight over the distribution of PKK and Hezbollah propaganda.
Turkish fighter jets began flying over Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) camps in northern Iraq for "observation," and will bomb the camps if an armed attack occurs against Turkey, officials said. The leader of the PKK for northern Iraq called a halt to militant actions. Turkey's head of religious affairs said that "Islamophobia has become an illness in the hearts of two-thirds of humanity."