At least five people have been killed and 36 more wounded after a suicide bomb attack hit Istanbul’s main shopping street of Istiklal street. It is the fourth such attack in Turkey this year.
The blast sent panicked shoppers scurrying into side alleys off Istiklal Street. Turkish Health Ministry explained that twelve foreigner people were injured during the blast. The ministry announced that six Israeli, one Icelandic, one German, one from Dubai, one Iranian and two Irish people were wounded during the attack.
UNWTO strongly condemns attack in Istanbul
UNWTO released a statement following today’s terrorist attack in Istanbul. The announcement is as follows.
UNWTO is deeply shocked by the tragic attack perpetrated in Istanbul, Turkey.
On behalf of the entire international tourism community, UNWTO expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to the Turkish people in this difficult moment.
"On behalf of the entire international tourism community, UNWTO conveys its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims and expresses its full solidarity with the people and the Government of Turkey” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.
“This tragic event reminds us once more that we are facing a global threat that requires a firm and coordinated response by all governments and the international community. Turkey is a leading tourism destination and we are confident it will continue to be so; it is time to stand by Turkey in facing this challenge” he added.