Turkish Press Review - Thursday, February 12, 2015

Most dailies on Thursday dedicate their front page to extreme weather across Turkey and the killings of three young Muslims by gunman in the U.S.

Most dailies on Thursday dedicate their front page to extreme weather across Turkey and the killings of three young Muslims by gunman in the U.S.

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

Most dailies on Thursday dedicate their front page to bad weather conditions which killed two people and injured 10 others across Turkey.

"White paralysis," said MILLIYET, reporting that snowstorms caused serious traffic jams and transportation problems.

According to the daily, one man was killed in a multiple-vehicle collision in Istanbul while one other died as a bus crashed on the Ankara-Aksaray highway on Wednesday.

STAR runs with the headline: "Blizzard destroys." The paper says heavy snowfall closed schools in Istanbul, Ankara and some districts in western Izmir, and many Turkish Airlines flights were cancelled.

Storms also uprooted trees and damaged roofs. In southern Mersin province, storms damaged properties and some ferry services were cancelled. In the western province of Izmir, many buildings and workplaces were damaged.

The snowfall is expected to slow down across the country on Thursday. However, the cold weather will continue until the end of the week, the State Meteorological Service has announced.

In foreign news, Thursday's dailies cover the deaths of three young Muslims who were killed by a gunman in the U.S. state of North Carolina on Wednesday.

YENISAFAK describes the attack as "Islamophobic massacre". The daily claims "the Islamophobia, which has been triggered by the Western governments and media, caused a brutal massacre in the U.S."

Local media reported that the victims were 23-year old Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19.

WRAL news reported that a 46-year old man, Craig Stephen Hicks, turned himself in to Chatham County Sheriff's Office in Pittsboro after the attack.

"Two-faced world," says VATAN, accusing the U.S. media for being silent over the killings of young Muslims. The daily says, except a few newspapers, the killings were not in the news.

Activists on social media shared pictures of the victims and criticized U.S. media for its lack of coverage of the murder.

Deah Shaddy Barakat, a dental student who had established a program to help Syrian refugee students in Turkey, and Yusor Mohammad were married recently according to the victims’ social media accounts.

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