Martial law has been extended in Turkey.
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Background: Martial law has been extended in Turkey. It's been imposed in another two provinces troubled by political violence and extended for a further two months in 18 other districts already under military rule. The Turkish Parliament approved the extension on the recommendation of the National Security Council.
SYNOPSIS: The Security Council, met at the Presidential Palace in Ankara on Tuesday (19 February).The meeting followed new outbreaks of violence in the province of Izmir in western Turkey and the southern province of Hatay.
The Security Council, which includes the Chief of Staff and commanders of the Turkish armed forces. recommended both Izmir and Hatay be brought under martial law immediately. The decision was approved by Parliament the following day. The Aegean Sea port of Izmir was the scene of fierce clashes last week when police stormed a state-run textile plant being occupied by fifteen hundred militant workers.
The city of Hatay, between the Syrian border and the Mediterranean has been troubled by bombing and shooting incidents carried out in sympathy with the Izmir workers.
The Council did decide to lift martial law in one area... the eastern province of Sivas which has been free of disturbances for the past five months. Martial law was originally imposed in 13 of Turkey's 67 provinces in December 1978. It was later extended to six others.