“Assad is playing with fire,” read a Türkiye daily headline on a story regarding cross-border violence by Syrian troops. The daily reported that two people were killed when Syrian forces opened fire on Syrians fleeing to refugee camps in Turkey. The armed attack on civilians also wounded at least four people, including a Turkish interpreter, in a camp in Turkey's southern province of Kilis. The daily added that the Turkish Foreign Ministry delivered a terse warning to the Syrian government that Turkey would not hesitate to take “necessary measures” if such an incident occurred again. The Cumhuriyet daily said the Syrian charge d'affaires had been summoned to Turkish Foreign Ministry headquarters and was given a warning that the attacks must cease immediately. The daily also quoted Turkish Deputy Undersecretary at the Foreign Ministry Naci Koru as saying the April 10 deadline for the Syrian regime to halt violence has proved unworkable following the latest attacks.
The Zaman daily ran a headline that read “Nuclear cooperation with China” for a story about Prime Minister Erdoğan's formal visit to China. The daily said several agreements were signed by Turkey and China during the Turkish premier's visit, including a memorandum of understanding for cooperation on nuclear energy. The document was penned by Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yıldız. The energy minister said Turkey would continue to talk to Japan, South Korea and China to seek the construction of a second nuclear plant in Sinop on Turkey's Black Sea coast. The Yeni Şafak daily said the memorandum had launched official talks between Turkey and China for further cooperation on nuclear energy.
“We will miss you very much,” the Hürriyet daily said regarding the death of Meral Okay, a renowned Turkish screenwriter, who at the age of 53 succumbed to a long struggle with pancreatic cancer. Okay was famous for her work on widely popular TV series such as İkinci Bahar, Asmalı Konak and, most recently, Mühteşem Yüzyıl, or “Magnificent Century,” which depicts the life of Ottoman Sultan Süleyman I.