A Turkish family has sought help to get back their son, who was arbitrarily detained by Putist General Khalifa Haftar’s forces in Libya 11 months ago.
Musa and Döndü Çalık, the parents of 48-year-old Nurettin Çalık, want Turkey’s supreme power to get involved.
“I ask our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for help. I appeal to him to save my son from the putschists “, the father told Demirören News Agency (DHA) on Thursday.
The detained Turkish citizen, Nurettin Çalık, is a baklava producer and the father of two children. He went to Libya two years ago, his parents said, adding that he and his friends were detained by Haftar’s forces 11 months ago. His friends were released shortly after their detention, but the parents have not heard from their son since.
“According to his friends, Nurettin is imprisoned in Libya, but we have not been able to contact him and do not even know if he is alive,” said the father.
As her daughter-in-law and granddaughter are devastated, the grieving mother asked for help.
“I urge our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his wife Emine Erdoğan. She is also a mother, she would understand how I feel. I am looking for help to be reunited with my son, the mother said.
Nurettin Çalık was arbitrarily arrested in the town of Sirte. Haftar officials have not provided any information about the Turkish citizen’s whereabouts or his physical and mental condition.
The Turkish Embassy in Tripoli advised its citizens on its website to avoid measures that would jeopardize their security and safety in regions under the control of the illegal militia loyal to Haftar.
It also called on Turkish citizens to stay away from conflict zones under the control of the National Accord Government (GNA), which is recognized as the only legitimate government by the UN and the majority of the international community.
In the Libyan conflict, Turkey supports GNA against the East-based illegal Haftar forces, which are supported by Russia, France, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).