Several Turkish dailies covered the latest developments in Syria's embattled city of Aleppo. Dailies stated that heavy clashes between Assad's forces and the FSA continued in the city and that the Syrian military was moving to regain control of the city from opposition groups. The Milliyet daily ran a headline that read “Fleeing from hell” over a story on the flow of Syrian refugees to Turkey. Turkey saw another 2,399 Syrians enter the country on Wednesday due to increasing violence in the country.
Another widely covered news story on Thursday was Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoğlu's schedule visit to Myanmar, where Rohingya Muslims have been facing religious persecution. Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan, his spouse Emine Erdoğan and his daughter Sumeyye Erdoğan are accompanying Davutoğlu. The Sabah daily ran a headline that read “Humanitarian journey to country in pain” and quoted Emine Erdoğan as saying: “Pray to Allah for us. The whole world should pay attention to the massacre that is taking place because of religion.” The formal visit to Myanmar is intended to draw more attention to the humanitarian crisis there.
Turkish dailies also covered soccer club Fenerbahçe's 4-1 (5-2 on aggregate) win over Romania's FC Vaslui in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League's third qualifying round in Romania. Several newspapers praised Fenerbahçe's performance and Dirk Kuyt was named “man of the match” by numerous sports reporters.
* The Anatolia news agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.