Turkish police have stormed an illegal arms manufacturing factory in the central Anatolian province of Konya, seizing 4,500 guns and detaining two dozen suspects believed to be involved in the production and shipment of the arms to Middle Eastern countries.
Last fall, Yemeni authorities confiscated boxes of ammunition originating from Turkey in the southern Yemeni city of Aden. Officials seized 3,000 pistols found in biscuit boxes inside a container that came from Turkey.
Turkey then said it is out of the question to authorize arms exports to a region with high-level risk of conflict resulting in the deaths of more people. Turkish authorities launched an investigation after the incident in Aden and security forces soon spotted an illegal arms factory in the Beyşehir district of Konya, which was involved in the shipment of at least 35,000 guns to the Middle Eastern countries.