We continue our round up of the week’s local news from the Fethiye area.

Injured Libyan Soldiers and ‘Escorts’ Land in Turkey

Last week the fighting in Bengazi, Libya gained a local dimension when 9 wounded official Libyan soldiers landed at the military airport at Dalaman on a Turkish Air Force plane.

Six of them were taken to the State Hospital in Muğla, with the other three being transported to Fethiye’s State Hospital.

A total of 60 ‘escort personnel’ arrived with the wounded.

Of the three in Fethiye, two have shrapnel wounds in legs and the third was suffering internal injuries.

The Head of the State Hospital told local press that none of them had life threatening injuries.

We wonder if they will be going back?

Ölüdeniz Beach in Top Five

The Guardian newspaper published Trip Advisor’s list of the Top Ten Beaches in Europe this week, with Aya Napa in Cyprus gaining the number one slot.

Ölüdeniz beach was fifth and was the only Turkish beach in the list.

Libyan Rescue Continues

Then the aid to Libya saga continued with a Turkish ferry, named ‘Ankara’, docking at Çeşme on Wednesday with 321 passengers, of which 158 were ‘escort personnel’ and evacuees – the remainder being wounded soldiers.

Of the 158, some 21 were Turks and 29 were nationalities other than Libyan.

The wounded have been taken to State Hospitals in Çeşme and Izmir.

Two government ministers, for Home Affairs and Health, were at the harbour to welcome the ‘Ankara’ when she docked.

Pine Marten Revived After Collision

A man driving from Fethiye to Kalkan who hit something on the road, stopped his car and found a stunned pine marten.

He took it home (it was 01.30 when the accident happened) and the next morning handed it over to the local vet, who treated some small wounds before releasing the pine marten back into the wild.

Discarded Fishing Line Kills Loggerhead Turtle

A 60kg loggerhead turtle was found dead on Çalış beach, Fethiye last week.

It was later announced that the turtle died because it had swallowed discarded fishing line.

Brits Support Fethiye Animal Welfare Centre

A British couple surprised FETAV with a donation of 4,375TL for the Animal Welfare Centre.

The couple had raised the money in the UK because they think the Centre is a model of good practise in the context of caring for stray dogs and cats.

A purr-fect act.

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