The Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency (TİKA) will construct the first-ever hospital in the city of Tubas in the West Bank.

The tender for the construction of the 30-bed hospital in Tubas has been completed and a ground-breaking ceremony will take place soon. The new hospital in Tubas is expected to serve around 170,000 people. The construction of the hospital will cost $4.2 million and will take one-and-a-half years. TİKA will also fund the equipment to be used within the hospital. The Palestinian Ministry of Health will manage the hospital after construction. Doctors who will work at the Tubas hospital will be sent to Turkey for internships. The expenses to be incurred by the doctors will all be paid by the TİKA. İstanbul Today’s Zaman
10 million tourists visit Antalya this year

The Turkish culture minister said on Thursday that the number of tourists visiting the southern city of Antalya is about to reach 10 million since the beginning of the year. Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay was speaking on a visit to the southern province of Karaman. Turkey occupies an important place in the tourism sector, Günay said. “The number of tourists visiting Turkey was 27 million in 2009,” he said. Gunay said the number of tourists visiting Antalya was about to reach 10 million, close to the number of people visiting Egypt. İstanbul Today’s Zaman
US ambassador received by Şahin

Turkish Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Şahin on Thursday met with outgoing US Ambassador in Ankara James F. Jeffrey at the Turkish parliament. Şahin told reporters after the meeting that Jeffrey had made invaluable contributions to the development of Turkish-US relations, recalling that US President Barack Obama made his first overseas visit to Turkey. “The relations between the two countries are crucial to maintain peace and stability in the world,” Şahin said. Jeffrey, who is appointed as the new envoy in Iraq, is set to replaced by Francis Joseph Ricciardone. İstanbul Today’s Zaman
Four drown in small lake in Ankara

Four people drowned in a small lake in the Central Anatolian province of Ankara on Wednesday. According to news reports, a family from the southeastern province of Kahramanmaraş came to Ankara’s Nallıhan district for a summer vacation and went on a picnic together with their relatives. When 4-year-old Elif Gül fell into the small lake while playing, Gülcan Gül (22), Aysel Çuhan (16), and Fatma Aksu (15) jumped in after her with the aim of a rescue; however, all of them drowned despite rescue efforts from people in the vicinity. A diver from the Ankara Metropolitan Municipality arrived at the scene to recover the bodies, which were then taken to the morgue at Nallıhan State Hospital.

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