Turkish reporters beaten, assaulted in Egypt

February 03, 2011, Thursday/ 10:50:00

A Turkish reporter was beaten and another one was assaulted during ongoing protests in Egypt, sources told the Anatolia news agency on Thursday.

Supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak intercepted and beat Turkish state-run TRT channel's reporter Metin Turan during ongoing protests in the capital of Cairo.

Mubarak's supporters seized Turan's camera, money, and cell phone, whereas Turan managed to run away and take shelter at the Turkish Embassy in Cairo.

Embassy executives said they would take Turan to hospital as he suffered from wounds and bruises.

Moreover, Mubarak's supporters assaulted Zaman daily newspaper's photo reporter Isa Simsek as he tried to get away from the demonstration area.

Sources said Simsek was in stable condition.

Also, executives of Turkey's Embassy in Cairo said that the Prime Ministry had allocated a Turkish Airlines (THY) jet to bring back Turkish citizens to Turkey due to ongoing incidents in Egypt.

The executives said the jet was expected to land at Cairo International Airport on Thursday afternoon, and the THY plane would carry 250 Turkish citizens.

The plane is scheduled to arrive in Istanbul on Thursday evening.

Eight Turkish planes have evacuated 1,600 Turks, and almost 100 nationals from Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Georgia since January 25 when the incidents began in Egypt.

More than 100 people have died in protests since January 25, aimed at ending Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's 30-years of rule.