Europe 1 with AFP 14:47 p.m., December 30, 2023

Turkish authorities have arrested nearly 200 people suspected of belonging to the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in a series of operations across the country ahead of New Year's celebrations, the interior minister said on Saturday.

In a post on X (ex-Twitter), Ali Yerlikaya, Turkey's interior minister, said that 189 suspects had been arrested in 37 cities, including 27 in Ankara and 22 in Istanbul.

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Intensified operations against ISIS

Turkey has stepped up operations in recent months against IS members, which has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly attacks in Turkey, including one on January 1, 2017, at an Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people.

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On Friday, authorities had already announced the arrest of 32 suspected IS members, including three senior members of the group, on suspicion of planning attacks on churches and synagogues, as well as the Iraqi embassy. And police last week announced a sweep in 32 cities across the country and the arrest of more than 300 people for alleged links to IS.