(Hürriyet Newspaper, 6 January 2011)
The Koç family won the Tektek Irrigation Union elections two weeks
ago in Şanlıurfa but bad feelings between the Koç's and the Aslan and
Demirkır families, who didn't vote for the Koç's, boiled over yesterday.
According to claims, about 50 members of the Koç, Kaya and Beyazkuş
families attacked the Demirkır and Aslan families on the Kısas road with
rifles, knives, rocks and bats. The attackers also damaged seven vehicles
belonging to the police, who came to intervene. The scene turned into a
'war zone' and special police forces had to be sent in. Fourteen people
were injured and Ahmet Aslan (14) had his throat cut, expiring at the
hospital. The police took 33 people into custody.