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G20 Summit begins amidst tight security after Paris attacks
Posted on: 15-11-2015 , 04:59:PM | DY365 Bureau

 Nov 15, 2015-Amidst thousands of security personnel and high-tech surveillance systems installed in every nook and corner of the Turkish resort town, as leaders from the world's 20 top economies , including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, assembled here for the two-day G20 Summit commencing today. The reinforced security measures includes over 12,000 security personnel, drone detection equipments, 350 mobile cameras with license-plate recording and face-recognition systems, post the deadly terror attack in Paris on Friday night.Around 13,000 officials and 3,000 journalists from across the world are here for the 10th G-20 Summit, being held at the Regnum Carya Hotel Convention Center in the Belek town of Antalyas Serik district. The town of Belek has been declared a high-security Red Zone area and a virtual no-go zone for the non-delegates. As a part of the security measures the markets and shops around the venue have been shut and thousands of barricades and security personnel are deployed on alongside roads leading to the venue. Further to escalate security measures, no tourists are allowed to stay in the hotels in Belek for the entire period of the Summit, which will end on Monday. Atleast 30 of the 46 hotels in the area have been designated as part of the Summit zone, which have been equipped with bullet proof glass. Along with the local police force, the Turkish Armed Forces(TSK) and the National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) are also on alert.The event is also to be fortified by Airborne Early Warning and COntrol (AEW&C) and Turkish jet fighters.The Turkish military has put in place an around-the-clock air defence system to prevent any possible missile or drone attacks. Two indoor sports stadiums in Antalya have been turned into temporary police stations and one of the international arrivals terminals within the Antalya Airport has been allocated for G20 participants. Due to security concerns, visiting delegations are not disclosing where their officials will stay during the Summit. All the world leaders, including Prime Minister Modi, have condemned the Paris attacks. French President Francois Hollande cancelled his visit yesterday due to the tragedy.Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Antalya from the UK to attend the G20 Summit."Reached Turkey to participate in @G20Turkey2015. Will meet world leaders & discuss global economic & security issues," PM Modi tweeted after his arrival here from the UK.


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