The Sur Cultural Road Festival, organized for the first time this year within the scope of the Turkish Cultural Road Festival events, has started in Diyarbakır.
Organized by the Culture and Tourism Ministry, the festival will host more than 600 events with the participation of more than 2,000 artists until Oct. 16.
The number of deaths due to drugs in Türkiye has been declining regularly in the last five years, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has said.
"We will not let our kids, youth to fall in this quicksand [of drugs] with our determination in our fight against the drugs," Soylu said on Twitter on June 25.
Türkiye has conducted its most extensive anti-drug operations with the participation of some 4,200 police officers in 11 of the 81 provinces, the country's interior minister has said, adding that some drug barons and baronesses were caught.
Making a press conference at 7 a.m. on June 21, the minister said the police units started the raids, named "Eradication Operations," at 4 a.m.
With the pandemic weakening, tourism professionals in Turkey's southeastern region are hopeful of witnessing a tourism boom this year, expecting an influx of both local and international tourists.
According to a feature story in daily Milliyet on April 21, the occupancy rate in region's hotels is around 90 percent as of April.
Historic caves in Turkey's southeastern province of Diyarbakır's Lice are on the way to becoming a tourism attraction hub after living under the shadow of terrorism activities for decades.
Local authorities took the first concrete step to increase the awareness of the Birkleyn Caves, a hidden natural beauty that is believed to have 8,000 years of history.