Security measures peak in Antalya ahead of G-20 summit

Heavy security measures have been taken in the southern province of Antalya, with around 12,000 police officers and thousands of barricades on the streets, to provide world leaders and other participants with full security during next weekand’s G-20 Summit to be held in the Belek resort on the Mediterranean coast.
Speaking to the media on Monday, presidential spokesperson ibrahim Kalin, who is responsible for coordinating the G-20 Summit to be held on Nov. 15-16, affirmed that the highest-level security measures have been taken, saying: and”As some 35 or 36 delegations, including the worldand’s 20 most prominent countries, as well as heads of state, will be at the summit, we donand’t see any security weakness.and”
The 2015 G-20 Antalya summit will be the 10th annual meeting of the G-20 countries and Turkey, which officially took over the presidency of the G-20 from Australia on Dec. 1, 2014, will hand over the term presidency to China. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the heads of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and other international organizations will also be present at the summit.
Within the scope of the efforts to heighten security in the province, police have stepped up operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in a number of provinces across Turkey. Local police detained more than 60 people suspected of having links to the militant group throughout the past week.
Two indoor sports stadiums in Antalya have been turned into temporary police stations and one of the international arrivals terminals within the Antalya Airport has been allocated for G-20 participants. The Belek resort has been declared a and”high-security Red Zone areaand” until the end of the summit.
In addition to the police force, both the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and the National Intelligence Organization (MiT) are on alert. The participants will also be protected by Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEWC) and Turkish jetfighters.
Counterterrorism units carried out simultaneous raids in three districts of Antalya province early on Friday, finding what they described as ISIL materials, with two of those detained Russian and two of them women. Twenty ISIL suspects were detained. On the same day, police also detained 41 people at Istanbul Atatandurk Airport on suspicion that they were going to join ISIL after a tip-off from a fellow passenger on their flight from Morocco. Twenty of them were deported and 21 are still being held.
The radical ISIL militants control territory along the Turkish border and have been linked to the suicide bombing last month of a pro-Kurdish rally in Ankara that killed 102 people.
Last week, Turkish officials said nine suspected ISIL members were arrested who are believed to have been preparing a suicide bomb attack in Istanbul.


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