January 3rd, 2012
04:43 AM ET

Minister: Turkey to compensate families of air strike victims

Turkey says it will compensate the families of 35 civilians killed last week in a military airstrike in a Kurdish area on the border with Iraq.

"This will be realized immediately, within several days," Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said Monday.

"We extend our condolences again," Arinc said. "Of course, there are big things our government will do for the families, for those who survived. One of these is, as also defined by law, is paying compensation."

On Friday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he regreted the deaths, calling the incident "a sad outcome."

Pledging a full investigation, Erdogan said those killed late Wednesday were smuggling cigarettes and fuel, with almost half of them below the age of 20.

Erdogan said Turkey's military had been monitoring the area because it was in constant use by terrorist groups and that security forces had become suspicious because of the size of the group and number of donkeys used.

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  1. Andreas Moser

    I have to admit I respect Turkey for admitting the mistake so quickly.

    January 3, 2012 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    I agree, Andreas.

    Maybe they can compensate them enough so they don't have to smuggle to survive.

    January 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Drone

    Wow...Turkey's capable of airstrikes...what next? Chickens capable of nuclear attacks?!

    January 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Lol @ Drone!

    January 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Since they were smuggling cigarettes, they'll peobably compensate them with camels.

    January 3, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Vic

    Your intentions were good but I am proud you admitted and are taking responsibility for your mistake

    January 3, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mister Ducky™

    @bc(iah)©

    Booooooooo!
    (Loved it, actually)
    Filtered or un?

    January 3, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. seerkan

    they are terrorist and no value of they dies

    January 6, 2012 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. nomorepa1n

    @Drone u r an idiot.

    January 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |