Hosting athletes who will participate in the Olympics starting next week in London at an iftar (fast-breaking meal) on Saturday, the second day of the fasting month of Ramadan, at Dolmabahçe Palace, Erdoğan told the athletes: “I believe that you will represent our country to the best of your ability. History will always remember you with your successes and it will applaud you.” A grand total of 114 Turks will be competing in the Olympics from July 27 to Aug. 12.
Sabah: “1 million Syrians leave their homes,” said the headline of a page one story. According to a report prepared by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the number of Syrians who have fled the escalating violence in Syria has reached almost 1 million. The UNHCR report also says that those that have fled are joining more than 112,000 Syrians who have already registered as refugees in the countries surrounding Syria. It also says that say that three-fourths of those seeking refuge are women and children.
Taraf: “It is another civil war,” headlined a front page article, reporting that a total of 298,000 people have been killed by traffic accidents in the last 56 years in Turkey and that this number is seven times more than the number of people who have died in clashes between Turkish security forces and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants. The article also says that 3,040,000 people have suffered injuries that have left them disabled in traffic accidents over the same period. According to data obtained from the police, approximately 600,000 traffic accidents occur every year and one person dies every hour in an accident.