A hot air balloon crashes in Cappadocia, Turkey, killing 2 tourists and injuring another 20.
Russian jets strike gas facilities in the town of Sarmada, Idlib Governorate, near the border with Turkey, and strike Qah with a surface-to-surface missile, according to the Turkish Ministry of National Defense. Turkey says it has sent a statement to Russia asking for the attacks to stop immediately.
Turkey reports a record 177 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 13,191. The country also reports 29,845 cases, including 6,592 symptomatic cases, a new record since the pandemic began when asymptomatic figures are included.
Twenty-eight more people are found dead under debris in İzmir after an earthquake struck Greece and Turkey three days ago, bringing the death toll to 113. The earthquake is currently the deadliest this year.
Hacktivist collective Anonymous declares a cyber-war on Turkey, and claims responsibility for the major week-long cyber-attack between 14 and 21 December on Turkey, which it accuses of supporting the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and threatened additional attacks in case the alleged support continues. “We will continue attacking your internet, your root DNS, your banks and take your government sites down,” it said. “After the root DNS, we will start to hit your airports, military assets and private state connections. We will destroy your critical banking infrastructure,” the group added.
Twin bomb blasts in the Turkish capital Ankara near the main train station leave at least 97 people dead and over 400 wounded. The bombing occurred during a peace rally protesting the conflict between Turkey and the militant Kurdish PKK.