TEHRAN, Jan. 30 (Press Shia Agency) – Eleven members of the Turkish Medical Association’s (TTB) central council were detained on Jan. 30 for their statement criticizing the Turkish military’s ongoing operation in Syria.

Eleven members of the Turkish Medical Association’s (TTB) central council, including head Raşit Tükel, were detained on Jan. 30 for their statement criticizing the Turkish military’s “Operation Olive Branch,” launched to remove the People’s Protection Units (YPG) from the Syrian district of Afrin, Turkish Hurriyet Daily News reported on Tuesday January 30. 

The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office issued detention warrants for the 11 members of the council early on Jan. 30.

The prosecutor said police in the capital, Ankara, had started legal proceedings on Jan. 30 morning and search-and-detention operations were going on in eight provinces. 

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmaker Ali Şeker announced the detention warrants via his Twitter account.

Şeker and another CHP lawmaker, Niyazi Nefi Kara, issued a statement of support for the doctors’ group after the detentions, saying that NGOs and intellectuals who opposed the war were not alone.  

The Turkish Medical Association denounced the cross-border operation into Syria’s Afrin last week, saying “No to war, peace immediately.” 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused the union of treason on Jan. 29 and more than 300 people have since been detained for social media posts criticizing the military operation in Afrin.