Mayor starts hunger strike over border wall in Turkey

Nov. 2, 2013 at 12:11 PM

NUSAYBIN, Turkey, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A woman has joined the mayor of Nusaybin, a border town in southeast Turkey, in a hunger strike against the building of a wall along the city's border.

Mayor Ayse Gokkan, along with a group of supporters, began the hunger strike Thursday, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

Construction began about a month ago on the 1.5-mile wall, intended to prevent illegal crossings and smuggling.

Gokkan was briefly hospitalized Friday after feeling unwell, but continued her hunger strike despite the medical intervention.

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