Turkey sending 3,000 police to Qatar to assist safe World Cup


Turkey will ship greater than 3,000 riot police to Qatar to assist safe World Cup stadiums and resorts in a safety operation paid for by the competitors hosts however underneath Turkish command, a Turkish Inside Ministry supply mentioned.

With a inhabitants of lower than 3 million – of which simply 380,000 are Qatari nationals – Qatar faces a scarcity of personnel because it gears up for the month-long FIFA soccer match.

It has turned to Turkey, its closest regional ally, to safe the competitors which is anticipated to draw an unprecedented 1.2 million guests to the small however rich gas-exporting Gulf state.

Beneath a protocol signed between the 2 international locations and printed in Turkey’s official gazette, Ankara will deploy 3,000 riot police and 100 particular operations police to Qatar, together with 50 bomb specialists and 80 sniffer canine and riot canine.

“Through the match, Turkish police will solely take orders from their Turkish superiors who’re serving briefly in Qatar,” the Turkish supply mentioned. “The Qatari facet will be unable to provide direct orders to the Turkish police.”

“All bills of the personnel deployed…shall be lined by the state of Qatar.”

The supply didn’t specify who would have final oversight of Turkey’s safety operation, which is able to cowl the eight stadiums the place matches are happening and resorts the place the 32 nationwide soccer squads will keep.

The protocol settlement says Turkey can even ship senior employees to go the police groups and “a variety of personnel for coordination” in addition to one “basic coordinator”.

Pakistan Provide

Turkey might not be the one nation offering help.

Final month Pakistan’s cupboard permitted a draft settlement permitting the federal government to supply troops for safety on the match. It didn’t say what number of personnel could be despatched, and neither nation has mentioned {that a} remaining settlement has been reached.

Qatar’s World Cup organisers, the Supreme Committee for Supply and Legacy, didn’t reply to a request for remark.

The primary Center East nation to host a World Cup, and the smallest nation to take action, Qatar has no earlier expertise of internet hosting worldwide occasions on such a scale.

Turkey receives tens of tens of millions of vacationers yearly and has hosted a summit of G20 leaders, Formulation One racing and the UEFA Tremendous Cup lately, however its safety forces have additionally confronted criticism over crackdowns on political protest.

Round 600 folks have been detained final 12 months throughout pupil demonstrations which began at an Istanbul college. Authorities mentioned the protesters violated a ban on public demonstrations as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

In Could, Turkish media reported police in Turkey’s southeastern metropolis of Diyarbakir fired water cannon and pepper spray at followers, who threw fireworks on the police.

Turkish police going to Qatar are being taught English and given steering about what to anticipate once they arrive within the Gulf state, the Turkish supply mentioned.

Practically 800 Qataris have additionally been skilled by Turkey on points starting from “sports activities security” to “intervention in social occasions”, the supply added.

Turkey, which has a army base in Qatar, stood by its ally when Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates boycotted Doha in 2017 – reducing all diplomatic and transport hyperlinks with their neighbour in a dispute over allegations that it supported terrorism and was cosying as much as their foe Iran.

The Gulf states restored relations final 12 months, and Turkey additionally moved to enhance ties with Saudi Arabia and the UAE.


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