Turkish minister says 2 arrested after burning country’s flag in Syria

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – Turkey’s Minister of Interior Suleiman Soylu announced on Saturday arresting two people on charges of burning the Turkish flag during demonstrations condemning Turkish statements calling for reconciliation between the Syrian government and opposition.

Soylu said in a tweet that the two people who burned the Turkish flag in the northern Syrian city of Azaz, were arrested on charges of provocation and incitement.

He added that the arrest came in cooperation between the Turkish intelligence, the Kilis Police Department and the Azaz Military Council, noting that they would keep pursuing other perpetrators.

On Thursday night, a demonstration took place in the city of Azaz in the northern countryside of Aleppo to denounce the statements made by Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, in which he called for reconciliation between the Syrian government and opposition.

During the demonstration, protesters removed the Turkish flags from the squares and streets of Azaz and burned some of them.

Earlier today, an exclusive source told North Press that Turkish-backed opposition Military Police faction in the city of Jarablus raided the houses of 10 people, including the protest’s singer, and arrested them on charges of insulting Turkey and burning its flag during the demonstration.

Reporting by Adnan Hamo