Turkish Press Review - Thursday, February 5, 2015

Turkish dailies on Thursday focused on reactions to Bank Asya's takeover by the Turkish banking authority Wednesday, and human story of baby, who suffers from very rare disease and his desperate father's unique endeavor to save him

Turkish dailies on Thursday focused on reactions to Bank Asya's takeover by the Turkish banking authority Wednesday, and human story of baby, who suffers from very rare disease and his desperate father's unique endeavor to save him

ISTANBUL - The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

Turkish dailies Thursday focused mostly on the reactions to Bank Asya's takeover by the Turkish banking authority on Wednesday, and a human story about a baby, who suffers from a very rare disease, Crigler-Najjar syndrome, and his desperate father's unique endeavor to save his child. 

"It was about to be bankrupt, we took over," headlined Daily TURKIYE, referring to Bank Asya facing headwinds before Turkey's banking watchdog intervened and handed down the management of the bank to the Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (TMSF), a state-run body.

TURKIYE said the bank, seen as linked to the so-called Fethullah Gulen movement, closed down 80 branches and announced 301 million lira in losses. 

SABAH ran a similar headline citing TMSF, which appointed a new board to manage the bank, and said the takeover came to protect the Turkish economy from the burden of a bankrupt bank.

SABAH continued with TMSF's statement as it said the bank lacked transparency and the move aims to open the bank for further inspection. 

HABETURK featured in its first page a baby, who had genetically heritable Crigler-Najjar syndrome that only 202 people have in the world, struggling to survive only through his poor family's creative combat.

His father Servet Ergun had a machine built at an organized industrial site that Poyraz, the three-month-old baby, needs. The father Servet paid only 550 Turkish lira ($225) for the phototherapy machine, which normally costs more than 10,000 lira ($4,080) and placed his son in it. 

Servet chose this way as he could not afford the bill of a private hospital, which charges the family 380 Turkish lira ($155) for one night of therapy. 

VATAN said the baby's sister had the same disease, but was cured when her mother, Zeliha, donated a piece of her liver 16 years ago to save her life. The same operation is currently not possible for Poyraz due to his young age.

In other news, VATAN headlined "Oath of revenge," referring to Jordan's king, who reportedly said that retaliation for the death of the Jordanian pilot would be like Clint Eastwood’s in the movie Unforgiven. 

The daily quoted King Abdullah II as ordering the Jordanian military to bomb Islamic State and the Levant bases until it "runs out of arsenal and oil."

ISIL militants burned alive a Jordanian pilot, who fell in the hands of the group after his fighter jet was brought down during bombardment as part of airstrikes by a U.S.-led coalition. 

Jordan hanged two Iraqi terrorists, who were requested by ISIL in a possible prisoner swap with the pilot.

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