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Thousands celebrate World Peace Day in Istanbul and ask for a peaceful solution to Syrian crisis

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Thousands celebrate World Peace Day in Istanbul and ask for a peaceful solution to Syrian crisis

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Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Istanbul to celebrate World Peace Day. They formed human chains and chanted against a military intervention in Syria.

Security has been tight in the city centre where anti-government demonstrations took place in June.

Public opinion is divided in Turkey over how to deal with the Syrian crisis.

One woman at the protest said that “the situation in Syria is painful” and doesn’t want “Turkey to get involved.”

Another demonstrator believes it is “illogical to be part of an intervention in Syria” because Turkey doesn’t “have anything to do with the country.”

However, an Istanbul resident interviewed near one of the protests on Sunday explains that “Turkey should be part of an intervention”. She adds that they have to support their brothers and sisters.

The government of the Turkish Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan, has said it would be ready to take part in any international action against Damascus.

He stated the aim should be to bring an end to the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.

The country has put its armed forces on alert to guard against threats from neighbouring Syria.