Municipal council in Turkey gives streets names of 'domestic weapons'

Names of ‘domestic weapons’ used in Turkey’s military operation in Syria’s Afrin have been given to streets and boulevards in the Safranbolu district of the northern province of Karabük
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 06:24

The municipal council of the district of Karabük in Turkey’s Safranbolu has decided to change the names of streets and boulevards to the names of "domestic weapons", such as 'Atak', 'Cirit', 'Altay', 'Bayraktar' and 'Anka', used by the Turkish army in Afrin offensive.

The decision was adopted in the municipal council with an unanimous vote.

Regarding the changes in street and boulevard names, the mayor and district governor of Safranbolu Fatih Ürkmezer stated that "the new names of the streets and boulevards in Safranbolu were inspired by Operation Olive Branch and our domestic weapons."

Turkish army officially declared on January 20 the launch of an offensive targeting the positions of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and People's Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin region in northwest Syria. The Turkish AKP government's excuse was the threat against national interests and border security. 

Municipality of Ümraniye in İstanbul had previously given a street the name of Al-Qaeda founding member Abdullah Yusuf Azzam.