German tour operator TUI said that customers who had booked trips to Istanbul can switch destination without penalties following yesterday’s suicide attack that killed 10 tourists in the Sultanahmet district. The operator said customers can also opt to postpone their trip to Istanbul without penalties for the next six days.
Nabil Fadli, a 28-year-old ISIL militant of Syrian origin who was born in Saudi Arabia in 1988, blew himself up after blending into a tourist group of 33 German citizens on a visit to the Obelisk of Theodosius in Sultanahmet Square near the Blue Mosque in the morning hours of Jan. 12.
Shortly after the attack, Germany’s foreign ministry issued a warning calling on its nationals to avoid tourist sites in Istanbul, a city of 14 million that has been hit several times by deadly blasts.
Germany has been the largest source of tourists visiting Turkey with around 16 percent of share in the total.