Turkey says it plans to pursue targets in northern Syria after the explosion that killed six people and injured more than 80 others in Istanbul on November 13. Ankara blames Kurdish militants for the attack and has detained a Syrian woman it believes is the suspected bomber. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack and both the Turkish PKK and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces deny any involvement. For more, we speak to Yavuz Baydar, editor-in-chief of the independent news website Ahval.
At the same time, Qatar is under intense pressure over its human rights and treatment of migrant workers, but also over its restrictive social laws. Qatar says everyone is welcome at the upcoming World Cup, regardless of their sexual orientation. But the host nation is also asking football fans to respect the country’s conservative culture, where any public display of affection is frowned upon. Same-sex relationships are illegal, while drinking alcohol or being drunk in public is also a crime. Our France 2 colleagues take a closer look at the restrictions supporters can expect, with FRANCE 24’s James Mulholland.
Finally, in Gaza, more than two million people are effectively cut off from the rest of the world due to the blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt. In the midst of sky-high unemployment, many try to leave the strip with the help of illegal smugglers. But others choose to make the dangerous journey themselves at sea, with only flippers and a wetsuit. FRANCE 24’s Maha Al Kas reports, with Achren Verdian and Catherine Khédir-Clifford.