Three Israelis are reported dead in a suicide bombing attack in Istanbul on Saturday. Eleven Israelis are reported wounded, two in serious condition, two in moderate condition, and six injured lightly. Six more Israelis that were known to be at the scene are still missing. The Israelis were in a tour group with fourteen members.
At least 35 people were injured in the bombing, and an Iranian tourist was killed, bringing the death toll to four.
An Israeli medical helicopter was sent to Istanbul to evaluate the condition of the Israelis and to determine whether they should be brought to Israel for treatment.
Joint Arab List MK Ayman Odeh said that four of the wounded were Arab-Israelis citizens.
Irem Aktas, a member of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AKP Party and the Women’s Media & Publicity Chairman tweeted, “I wish that the wounded #Israeli tourists were dead”.
In another tweet she added “when Israel was attacking your Muslim brothers, why didn’t you say anything.”
It was later reported that Aktas was removed from her position as a result of her Tweets.
No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing though the Islamic State (ISIS) is strongly suspected. The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) is also a possible suspect.
US State Department spokesman, John Kirby, released a statement:
“The United States stands in solidarity with our NATO ally Turkey in combating the common threat of terrorism,” he said to the press. “This vicious attack is the latest in a series of indefensible violence targeting innocent people throughout Turkey — Turkish citizens and international visitors alike.”
There have been over 200 people killed in five major terror bombings in Turkey since July. Last Sunday, a car bombing killed 37 people in Ankara and wounded 125.
Source: Israel in the News