Time: 3: 19 p.m. CEST
Nisreen Melhem, 28, from the West Bank town of Arraba, “was killed and her 34-year-old husband and 3-year-old daughter were injured,” in the fatal attacks in Istanbul, as Moath Hamed, a Palestinian journalism student said, visiting the family in the hospital, the Guardian reports.
The death toll from the last night attacks in Istanbul’s main airport climb to 42, as the Istanbul Governor’s Office said on Wednesday, quoted by the Associated Press. A statement on the governor’s website says 37 of the victims have been identified, including 10 foreign nationals and three people with dual citizenship, the AP says. More than 230 people are injured in the attack, but 109 have been discharged from hospitals.
According to the government protocol, the death toll does not include the three suicide bombers. The Guardian further says, Turkish officials announced 13 foreign nationals were killed in the attack, while 36 are identified as Turkish citizens. Despite the Turkish residents, the death toll includes travelers from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, China, Iran, Ukraine, and Jordan. A Palestinian woman was among those killed in the blasts at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport.
Although, the inspectors collected the evidences at the points of the explosions, the main airport in Istanbul has reopened on Wednesday morning.
A video, probably from the CCTV in the airport shows the moment when one of the attackers detonated his suicide bomb. The video, which has no sound, shows people walking at the area in the airport. But, seconds after they start to run away of something. Shortly after the running a huge blast goes off from their right side. The video ends showing the air with smoke, debris and a person standing and looking around, probably a passenger.
Another video, tweeted by Media, news and publishing @140journos in Turkey shows one of the possible attackers who is probably shot and falls on the floor, with the gun falling down of his arms. Seconds later, after several attempts to stand up, as the video shows, the explosion happens. We could not verify the authenticity of this video, which could be find here [link to video and @140journo Tweet]
According to the map of the Guardian from the positions of the attack, one of the attackers exploded outside the entrance in the area of the arrival for the taxi drivers, then the others two used the already created panic to enter the airport building.
The attack influenced to the shares linked to Turkish tourism on Wednesday morning and it could further influence decrease the number of foreign visitors. Shares in airport operator TAV fell more than 3 percent, while Pegasus Airlines and Turkish Airlines fell 1.5 percent and 2.5 percent.
The authorities believe three men armed with Kalashnikov rifles attacked the airport and detonated suicide vests after police officers confront them. Although, no group has claimed the responsibility for the attacks, Turkeys Prime minister, Binali Yildirim, has pointed out to the Islamic State militants.
Reactions to the attack:
President Barack Obama who is in Canada on the North America Leaders Summit said that the United States’s people pryers are with the people of Turkey, the people of Istanbul and all those who are affected by this terrible crime. We have offered all assistance that we have available to Turkey, and we stand prepared to assist them during this difficult time.
“We are learning all the facts, but we know this is part of our broader shared fight against terrorist networks and we would continue to work closely with Turkey to root them out. Meanwhile, we are going to do what is necessary to protect our people, I am confident we can defeat those who are for only death and destruction and we will remember, even they are trying to dived us, we are stronger, when we come together and work toward the better world together,” Obama said.
Earlier, Justin Sink, a White House correspondent for Bloomberg tweeted that, “Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office said he spoke with President Obama on the terror attack at Ataturk Airport.”
- Charles Michel, the Belgian prime minister, expressed solidarity aft following the assault on Brussels airport in March:
- The White House called the attack “heinous”, saying America remained “steadfast in our support for Turkey”.
- US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said: “Today’s attack in Istanbul only strengthens our resolve to defeat the forces of terrorism and radical jihadis around the world. We must deepen our cooperation with our allies and partners in the Middle East and Europe to take on this threat.
- Republican candidate Donald Trump said: “Our enemies are brutal and ruthless and will do anything to murder those who do not bend to their will. We must take steps now to protect America from terrorists, and do everything in our power to improve our security to keep America safe.”
- German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said: “We grieve for the victims. We stand by Turkey.”
- Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau tweeted his condolences.