The explosion in Istanbul – Istiklal Street in Beyolu has become the most important news story in the world. The news, sent out by international news agencies like Reuters and AFP with the code “urgent,” got a lot of attention in the foreign press.
Based on what NTV told the French news agency AFP, the explosion happened at 16:00 in Turkey.
AFP stated that a loud explosion sound was heard in a busy area in the center of Istanbul and there were injured people.
On the other hand, the British news agency Reuters said, “Many people were hurt in an explosion on a busy pedestrian street in Istanbul’s central Taksim district, and many others ran away from the scene.”
Videos of ambulances and police going to the scene on Istanbul’s Istiklal Street were shown in the news, which TRT and other Turkish news outlets reported.
The Times of Israel newspaper published the Istiklal explosion with the headline, “A big explosion occurred in the center of Istanbul; at least 11 injured, many are feared to be dead”.
According to a report from Time of Israel, Turkish media say that 11 people were hurt in the explosion on Istiklal Street, a popular place for people to walk in Istanbul.
In the video, ambulances, fire trucks, and police cars arrive at the scene. We still don’t know what caused the explosion. Social media users said that shops were closed and the street was closed.
The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that its ambassadors in Turkey are being contacted to find out if any Israelis were hurt in the attack.
Middle East Eye, an online news site based in London that covers events in the Middle East and North Africa, shared the first official statement about the event from Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya.
Yerlikaya said, “Teams from the police, health, fire department, and AFAD were sent to the scene. There are dead and injured. Developments will be shared with the public.”
Sunday’s explosion on Istiklal Street in Istanbul’s historic Beyolu district killed and hurt many people, Middle East Eye reported.
In the news, he said that the explosion happened at 16:20 on Istiklal Street, that many dead bodies were lying on the street, and that the cause of the blast was still unknown.
The headline of the German newspaper Bild read, “Explosion in Istanbul.”
In a story based on pictures from social media, Bild newspaper said, “In the pictures, you can see ambulances, fire trucks, and police at the scene. People on social media said that the shops were closed and that the street was blocked off. No one knows yet what made the explosion happen, “he said.