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January 19, 2017 / 21 Tevet, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Turkey’

ISIS Claims Responsibility for New Year’s Eve Massacre at Istanbul Nightclub

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

The Islamic State (Da’esh / ISIS) terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the massacre that left 39 dead and 70 others wounded Saturday night during a New Year’s Eve celebration at the upscale Reina club in central Istanbul.

Among the dead was a young Israeli woman from the town of Tira, a U.S. citizen, a Turkish police officer and three Jordanian citizens.

The father of Leann Nasser said the attack ended what had been a happy trip for his daughter, and a worrisome time for him, having pleaded with her not to. He told the Israel Hayom news outlet, that from the start, he had been deeply concerned about the trip. “I had a gut feeling something would happen,” he said, “but she wouldn’t listen, and said she wanted to be with her friends and that everything would be okay. So we hoped for the best and prayed.

“Arab blood is no different than Jewish blood when it comes to terrorist attacks. This is a terrible tragedy for all of us, and we still can’t believe it happened,” he said.

Leann’s three friends, also residents of Tira, were at the club as well. One was shot and wounded; she’s in fair condition, and told her father that she heard the terrorist yell “Allahu Akbar!” (the jihadist war cry, ‘God is Great!’) while he was firing. Her two other friends are in severe shock. All three returned on Sunday to Israel.

Both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin sent their condolences to the families of those who were injured and murdered, as well as to the Turkish people and government.

ISIS issued a statement one day after that attack via its Aamaq news agency, saying, “In continuation of the blessed operations that Islamic State is conducting against the servant of the cross, Turkey, a heroic soldier of the caliphate struck the most famous nightclub where Christians were celebrating their pagan feast.”

The terrorist managed to escape after shooting the police officer and a civilian outside the club, then spraying gunfire into the crowd within, before shedding an alleged Santa Claus costume and fleeing the premises. He is still at large.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Arab Woman among Istanbul Club Dead

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

The body of an 18-year-old woman, Lian Zaher Nasser, from the Israeli Arab village of Tira, was discovered in the Reina nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey, her family reported. A girlfriend, Rua Mansour, was wounded and two other young women, also from Tira, have suffered severe anxiety attacks.

At least 39 people were killed in the attack Saturday night, including 16 foreign nationals, and 69 injured, when an assailant believed to have been dressed in a Santa Claus costume opened fire at the crowded Reina nightclub during New Year’s celebrations.

Rua Mansour’s father, Sofian Mansour, told Haaretz that his daughter, 18 and a half, on Friday traveled with her three girlfriends to Istanbul, on a one-week vacation they had been planning for some time. Mansour said at 9:30 PM Saturday he had spoken to his daughter over the phone and she told him they were waiting for a taxi to take them to the club. After the attack, “I tried to call her but there was no answer,” he related. “We knew that the attack took place in the same club and we were all anxious, we didn’t know what to do. Only at six in the morning Rua picked up the phone and said she had been shot in her lower body, underwent surgery and is now in stable condition in the hospital.”

The other two women, Ala Tarek Abed Alkhi, 27, a dentist, and Iya Akhsan Abed Alkhi, 26, were declared as suffering anxiety attacks and evacuated to a nearby police station. Ala told Haaretz in a phone conversation from the police station: “Shooting started from every direction and I saw dead people killed and wounded people dropping next to me. I hid in a corner and didn’t know what to do. Everybody was screaming and crying and the shooting didn’t stop. It felt like an eternity.”

The families and Israel’s foreign ministry are in touch with Turkish authorities and Israel’s Consul General in Istanbul Shai Cohen are working on bringing the women home.

David Israel

Dozens Killed in Terror Attack on Famed Istanbul Nightclub

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

The Ortaköy district in Istanbul and surrounds are on lockdown as Turkish police carry out a manhunt to track down at least one, and possibly two killers who may still be dressed as Santa Claus.

Despite 17,000 Turkish police officers having been deployed across Istanbul this weekend to guard against terrorism during New Year’s celebrations, one of the most famous nightclubs in the heart of the city was attacked at about 01:30 am Sunday, on the secular New Year’s Eve.

At least 35 people were killed, including a police officer, and some 40 others wounded as two attackers armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles opened fire in the famous Reina Club nightclub in the Ortaköy district.

Some 800 people were reported to be inside the club in ‘Istanbul by the Bosphorus’ at the time of the attack. The Reina is an international venue frequented by high-society celebrities, artists and football stars, according to Turkish media.

The two terrorists were said to be speaking Arabic, according to reports in European media.

Some of the more than 500 celebrants in the club jumped in the water to escape the gunfire and were being rescued by police, according to eyewitnesses quoted by the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News. Istanbul governor Vasip Şahin quickly arrived to the scene.

“The U.S. intelligence warned over such an attack about one week or 10 days ago and measures have been taken, including [at] the sea front,” a witness said, but added that although the warning was taken seriously, security measures had still be unable to prevent the attack.

Less than two weeks ago, Russian envoy to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was assassinated by an off-duty Turkish police officer, Mevlut Mert Altintas, while speaking at the opening of an art exhibition at a gallery in Ankara. The killer proclaimed he acted in revenge for Russian actions in Syria.

The Turkish Daily Sabah news outlet quoted Governor Sahin as saying early Sunday that one of the assailants was dressed in a Santa Claus outfit when he opened fire in the nightclub, after first shooting police outside.

Turkish NTV television news broadcasts showed between 50 to 60 ambulances and police vehicles converging on the scene.

At least one of the attackers was reported to still be inside the club, and police special forces were said to be preparing to enter the building.

Police are also on high alert in other major Turkish cities that were targeted by terror attacks in 2016, including the capital city of Ankara.

All told, more than 180 people in Turkey have died this year as a result of radical Islamist terror attacks by the Islamic State (Da’esh or ISIS) terrorist organization, and PKK Kurdistan Workers’ Party terrorist group.

Hana Levi Julian

The Tamar Yonah Show – War and Christmas [audio]

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov was shot by an Islamic Turkish security officer in the Turkey’s capital on Monday, shouting “Allahu akbar (God is great)and “Do not forget Aleppo! Do not forget Syria!” Will the assassination of Russia’s Ambassador be a catalyst for WAR between these two nations who already suffer from diplomatic and military friction? Guest, Alexander Boot joins Tamar and gives his take on the attack.

Also, what’s the history of the *Christmas holiday and should anyone be celebrating a pagan holiday that the Bible clearly says they should not do? Check out the dark ritual origins here.

*Note: This program topic is not meant to hurt anyone’s feelings. This is merely to enable people who have always celebrated Christmas, to make an educated decision as to what they want to teach their children and bring into their home. Your comments are welcome.

Tamar Yonah 20Dec 2016 – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

Shooting Outside US Embassy in Turkey [video]

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

A man with a shotgun fired in the air 5 times outside the US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, late Monday night/Tuesday morning. He may have been trying to enter the Embassy building.

Police arrested the man and took him into custody, according to Daily Sabah reporter Ragip Soylu.

While being arrested, the man yelled, “Don’t play with us.”

The Turkish state news agency said the shooter’s name is “Şahin S.”

The US Embassy states the incident is over but advises US citizens to avoid the area until the morning.

This is the second shooting incident in Turkey against foreign diplomats in a day.

This shooting happened just a few hours after the Russian Ambassador to Turkey was assassinated in a nearby art gallery.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Netanyahu Joins Worldwide Condemnations of Killing of Russia’s Envoy to Turkey

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement Monday night condemning the assassination of Russia’s envoy to Turkey, and warning the attack served as a reminder of the need to rein in the forces of planetary terror.

“Israel condemns the brutal assassination of Ambassador Andrey Karlov this evening in Ankara,” Netanyahu said. “We send our deepest condolences to his family and to the Russian people. The murder of a diplomat serves as a stark reminder of the need for the civilized world to come together in fighting the forces of terrorism.”

The U.S. State Department said in its own statement, “We condemn this act of violence, whatever its source.”

Ambassador Andrei Karlov was shot in the back at point-blank range at least eight times by an off-duty Turkish riot police officer named Mevlut Mert Altintas.

Turkey’s Interior Ministry said Altintas was born in 1994 in Aydin and graduated from Izmir police academy. Security officials confirmed he used a police ID to enter the art gallery. “It has saddened us and our people. I offer my condolences to the Russian federation and the Russian people,” Suleyman Soylu, the Turkish interior minster, told reporters.

Several other people were also shot and wounded in the attack. Altintas was eventually shot and killed by Turkish security forces.

The attack took place was the ambassador was speaking at the opening of an art exhibition in the Turkish capital.

Altintas is seen in the video yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is Great, in Arabic), and then saying in Turkish, “Don’t forget Aleppo. Don’t forget Syria. Unless our towns are secure, you won’t enjoy security. Only death can take me from here. Everyone who is involved in this suffering will pay a price.”

According to Britain’s The Guardian newspaper, he also shouted in Arabic, We are the one who pledged allegiance to Muhammad, to wage jihad.”

Several other people were also shot and wounded in the attack. Altintas was eventually shot and killed by Turkish security forces.

The attack took place was the ambassador was speaking at the opening of an art exhibition in the Turkish capital.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on national television Monday night that the assassination was intended to drive a wedge between Ankara and Moscow in order to disrupt diplomatic relations.

“The crime that was committed is without doubt a provocation aimed at disrupting the normalization of Russian-Turkish relations and disrupting the peace process in Syria that is being actively advanced by Russia, Turkey and Iran,” he said. “There can be only one answer to this – stepping up the fight against terrorism, and the bandits will feel this.” He added that a investigation team would be sent to Ankara to “know who directed the hand of the killer.”

Hana Levi Julian

UPDATED Russian Ambassador to Turkey Assassinated

Monday, December 19th, 2016

UPDATE: A video of the assassin shows a Turkish riot police officer named Mert Altintas fired up to five bullets into the Russian ambassador at point blank range. Altintas yelled “allaha akbar” repeatedly, while waving his gun around and raging about what was happening in Allepo, after murdering Karlov. He was eventually shot dead by security.

Andrei Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, was shot and killed on Monday. Dec. 19.

The shooting took place while Karlov was making a speech at an art exhibition in the Turkish capital of Ankara, Turkey’s Daily News reported. Hurriyet also reported that a representative from the Russian Embassy “believed that it was a radical Islamist attack,” but other sources said the shooter was a member of Karlov’s own security detail.

The U.S. State Department issued a statement: “We condemn this act of violence, whatever its source.”

Karlov served as ambassador to Turkey since 2013. Prior to his posting in Ankara, Karlov was Russia’s ambassador to North Korea.

The State Department, citing reports of the shooting which took place near the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, advises all Americans to avoid the area until further notice.

Additional information will be provided as details become available.



Lori Lowenthal Marcus

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