Third Turkish truck driver killed in Syrian violence in past 10 days

March 25, 2012, Sunday/ 12:53:00

A Turkish truck driver who died of fatal wounds on Sunday in Turkey has become the third Turkish truck driver killed in the ongoing Syrian violence in the past 10 days.

Suphi Ezer, 45, who was heavily injured in Syria, died on Sunday in a hospital in Gaziantep, a city near the Syrian border.

He was wounded in gunfire on March 16 in Syria and brought to Gaziantep Avukat Cengiz Gökçek State Hospital for treatment. He was then transferred to Gaziantep University's Şahinbey Research Hospital and remained in intensive care ever since. Ezer had three bullet wounds and his left arm was broken.

Ezer's body was sent to his hometown, Hatay's Reyhanlı district.

Ezer is the third Turkish truck driver killed in the violence in Syria in the past 10 days. Another Turkish driver, Mustafa Üçtaş, was shot to death in Idlib last week. He was a father of three.

On March 15, Hasan Koçak, another Turkish truck driver, died in an armed conflict as he was passing through Syria.

Two Turkish journalists have also been missing in Syria for days. Some reports said they are being held by Syrian intelligence, but Turkish officials have denied that claim.

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