A massive operation has started in Istanbul with the participation of a thousand policemen consisting of special-ops, riot police and sweeneys. In two sub-regions in Esenler, streets have been blocked and all citizens are subjected to ID-controls, cars are being checked and cafes and internet cafes are being raided. Newspapers report that police helicopters are in support position in the air.
The original source of the operation is cited to be narcotics department. However as the operation expands, others suspected of different “crimes” also get police treatment.