Seven German soldiers from among those accompanying the Patriot anti-aircraft missiles batteries, arrived in the Turkish port of Iskenderun from Germany and the Netherlands, had been attacked the day before by a group of activists opposing the deployment of an ABM system in Turkey.
The German soldiers were attacked when they were making for one of the central markets of Iskenderun. According to eyewitnesses, the assailants - about 26 activists from the Turkey Youth Union, tried to throw bags on the heads of the soldiers. However, the attack was prevented by the people on the spot who defended the soldiers against a crowd of aggressively minded youth and helped them temporarily take shelter in the nearest jewelry store.
Only under the Turkish police escort that arrived on the scene, the soldiers could come back to the hotel where the foreigners accompanying the Patriot SAMs were accommodated. In the meantime, even after the soldiers were taken away, a group of young activists continued their spontaneous protest. One of the group leaders said they will not allow Turkey to become a center for attacks in the Middle East and will demonstrate against the deployment of NATO troops in their country. After a brief scuffle, the Turkish special task force detained 15 of the most violent activists and took them to police stations.