Photo Credit: Esin Ustun / Eminonu
The Night Market in Istanbul.

A car explosion sent flames shooting into the sky Tuesday night in the Turkish city of Istanbul.


After the first car exploded, two other cars became engulfed in flames as well, according to local sources.

Update: The explosion was caused by the propane gas tank in the car igniting, and was not a terror attack.

The explosion took place in the Fatih district, where most of the city’s cultural and historic sites are located. It came barely 48 hours after a major terrorist attack in the city’s iconic Taksim Square.

Six people were killed and at least 81 others were wounded in that bombing. A female Syrian refugee was arrested in connection with the attack.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.