“Save us,” was the headline in VATAN, adding that a group of Yazidis – a Kurdish ethno-religious community – gathered outside a U.N. building in the Kurdish city of Erbil, demanding help to save their relatives. “It is genocide, save us,” HABERTURK titled, saying that a Yazidi deputy in the Iraqi parliament called on the international community to help. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – ISIL – have swept through Sinjar, the traditional home of the Yazidi, since Sunday. HURRIYET claimed that ISIL-led militants have attacked in order to control an important area which connects Iraq, Turkey and Syria. The daily reported that thousands of Yazidis and Turkmens have fled the area. On Sunday, there will be a presidential election in Turkey. The August 10 poll will be the first time Turks have voted directly for their president.
AKSAM and STAR reported that prime minister and presidential candidate Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out the Supreme Election Board’s decision to ban his latest advertisement. “They were annoyed by Azan [Islamic call to prayer],” Erdogan reportedly said during a presidential campaign rally.
The opening section of the commercial included the sound of Islamic prayer and a woman praying, which the board said were religious symbols banned from use in electoral campaigns.
Meanwhile, rival candidate, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, said he believes in Turkish people that have remained silent so far, according to ZAMAN. The daily stated that Ihsanoglu is confident that he will win the race with help of these silent masses.
Ihsanoglu, the former head of the Organization of Islamic Co-operation who was nominated as the opposition’s joint candidate for the presidency, is viewed as the main challenger to Erdogan.
Turkish club Besiktas defeated Netherlands' Feyenoord 3-1 in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round and qualified for the playoff round on Wednesday night. “A great start,” HURRIYET said, adding that Besiktas' new arrival Demba Ba scored three goals. “Demba Ba show,” HABERTURK said, praising the Senegalese striker’s hat trick.