The Turkish authorities will impose a quarantine in hotels on more than 1,000 Algerians who were stranded at Istanbul airport for days, in the absence of a solution to evacuate them to the homeland, amid the suffering of families, the elderly and children.
According to eyewitnesses, who are stranded at Istanbul airport for days, officials at the airport have told them that the available solution currently is to direct them towards a compulsory quarantine for 14 days in Turkish hotels, and this will likely be tomorrow, Thursday, probably, pending the preparation of the structures that are designed to receive them.
According to Echorouk interlocutors, as of Wednesday, no trip was programmed to evacuate them yet to the homeland, knowing that most of them travelled to Turkey through flights of Turkish Airlines and many of them came from other destinations and remained stranded in the international transit region.
Pictures and videos that reached Echorouk show Turkish humanitarian associations while distributing meals to the stranded, while families, among them children were sitting on the ground, and chairs at the airport’s waiting hall which they made it a sleeping room.
According to eyewitnesses, the meals were distributed to them on Wednesday, by charitable societies, amid questions about the role of Algerian embassy and consulate in such a circumstance, especially with pictures of queues of Algerians without other nationalities to obtain a meal in the passenger area of Istanbul International Airport.
In a related context, the Member of Parliament for Batna province (eastern Algeria), Hakim Berri, sent a message to the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, in which he stated that many Algerians remained stranded in foreign airports due to the outbreak of the new Coronavirus, similar to New York, Malaysia, Dubai and Istanbul.
In the correspondence, which copy was received by Echorouk, it was reported that Algeria is the only country in the world to have evacuated its citizens who are stranded in several countries, which is a beautiful thing, but the process must be completed and the rest of the passengers who stranded in foreign airports must be evacuated and put under quarantine in the various states where there are public and private hotels at disposal.
MP Hakim Berri concluded his message by saying, “We have great hope in you, especially as you see the great suffering and abuse suffered by the Algerians, especially at Istanbul airport”.