Explosion in Istanbul destroys memorial to Jews killed in 2003 attacks

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 An explosion in Istanbul destroyed a memorial to Jews killed in the 2003 attacks< /p>

So far, six people have been killed and dozens injured in an explosion on Istiklal Caddesi Street in Istanbul, a major tourist hotspot and highway visited by tens of thousands of tourists every day.

The perpetrators and the extent of the attack are not yet clear, but Israeli Channel 13 news reports that one Israeli was wounded in the attack. Turkish authorities said they suspect terrorism.

culture, during which they cheered large crowds at the Neve Shalom synagogue. The event was cut short when news spread of an explosion that had taken place just a few blocks away.

Neve Shalom was one of two synagogues that suffered terrorist attacks in the 2003 wave of attacks 19 years ago, which killed 55 people in two days. six Jews died.


Over the years, Istanbul has been the site of attacks by various actors, including the Islamic State, al-Qaeda and the PKK, a Kurdish separatist group. Israelis have been caught in the crossfire before, such as in 2016 when an ISIS-backed suicide bomber blew himself up on Istiklal, killing three Israelis and one Iranian.

As Turkish-Israeli relations warmed over the past year, Turkey has become a major tourist destination for Israelis: more than 630,000 Israelis, almost 7% of Israel's population, visited Turkey last summer, according to the Jerusalem Post.

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