Turkey Breaks Inmates\'s Resistance in One Hold-out Jail

Published December 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Turkish security forces succeeded Thursday in ending armed resistance by left-wing inmates in one of two hold-out Turkish prisons, the Anatolia news agency reported. 

The report said that paramilitary troops had entered Canakkale jail in western Turkey and searched prisoners' quarters some five hours after they began a fresh assault at 7:00 am (0500 GMT). 

The soldiers also removed the corpse of a prisoner into the courtyard, it added. 

Turkish Justice Minister Hikmet Sami Turk confirmed earlier in Ankara that a female prisoner had died in Canakkale prison after being set ablaze by fellow inmates. 

The latest casualty brought to 20 the death toll in the massive security operation Turkey launched against hunger-striking inmates in 20 jails three days ago. 

Canakkale was one of the two prisons where security forces had met serious resistance by hundreds of prisoners using home-made arms and explosives to ward off the soldiers. 

Hundreds of paramilitary troops were still struggling Thursday to enter the other jail, the Umraniye prison in Istanbul, to complete the operation, which has come under fire from both Turkish and foreign human rights groups -- ANKARA (AFP) 



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