2018 in Turkey

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Events in the year 2018 in Turkey.



  • 13 January – The Pegasus Airlines Flight 8622 accident.
  • 20 January – Operation Olive Branch started. [1]
  • 13 May – President Tayyip Erdogan announced a "mega-scheme" towards infrastructure, including the construction of a large 400 metre wide canal which would cause disruption to farming communities. In response, critics questioned the need for the canal and warned it will destroy an 8,500-year-old archaeological site near Istanbul. They also voiced concern for predicted widespread environmental damage.[2]
  • 10 June – President Erdogan warned that if the Austrian government were to expel Muslims, it could lead to war. He said: “These measures taken by the Austrian prime minister are, I fear, leading the world towards a war between the cross and the crescent. They say they're going to kick our religious men out of Austria. Do you think we will not react if you do such a thing? That means we're going to have to do something".[3]
  • 14 October – Road accident left 15 migrants dead in İzmir Province.[4]
  • 19 October – STAR Refinery was commissioned in Aliaga, Izmir. [5]
  • 13 December – Ankara train collision killed 9.


  • 9 January – Yılmaz Onay, writer, theatre director and translator (b. 1937).[8]


  1. ^ "Turkey's Operation Olive Branch 'aims to bring 10,000 km2 of Afrin under control' - Turkey News". Hürriyet Daily News. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  2. ^ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-canal/erdogans-crazy-canal-alarms-villagers-and-environmentalists-idUSKCN1IE0GS
  3. ^ "Closure of mosques in Austria may lead to 'war between cross & crescent' – Erdogan". RT International. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  4. ^ "Twenty-two killed as truck carrying migrants crashes in Turkey". Reuters. 2018-10-14. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  5. ^ "SOCAR's STAR refinery in Turkey's İzmir to be inaugurated today". DailySabah. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  6. ^ "Aydın Boysan vefat etti". aa.com.tr (in Turkish). Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  7. ^ Veteran Turkish actor Münir Özkul dies at age 93
  8. ^ "Son dakika haberi… Tiyatrocu yazar Yılmaz Onay hayatını kaybetti". sozcu.com.tr (in Turkish). Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  9. ^ "ATAA Mourns the Passing of Ambassador Nabi Sensoy". ataa.org. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  10. ^ Sanat dünyasının acı kaybı... Mimar Sinan Üniversitesi'nde yas (in Turkish)
  11. ^ "Özden Örnek hayatını kaybetti". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  12. ^ Salih Mirzabeyoğlu hayatını kaybetti (in Turkish)
  13. ^ "Dünya Kupası'nda görev alan ilk Türk hakem olan Doğan Babacan hayatını kaybetti - Son Dakika Spor Haberleri". Star.com.tr (in Turkish). 18 May 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  14. ^ Prof. Dr. Semavi Eyice vefat etti (in Turkish)
  15. ^ Eski milli atlet Canel Konvur vefat etti (in Turkish)
  16. ^ Teknik direktör Ümit Kayıhan vefat etti (in Turkish)
  17. ^ Construction and energy giant ENKA's Şarık Tara dies aged 88
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