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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

BLOODBATH ISTANBUL AIRPORT: 50 DEAD, 60+ INJURED



Crowds gather outside the airport after Tuesday night's explosions, as emergency crews rush to help the wounded


Shocked crowds of bystanders and holidaymakers mix with emergency services crews outside the terminal where the attackers struck

Forensic officers enter the terminal where three suicide bombers earlier opened fire and detonated suicide vests at Ataturk airport

Passengers comfort each other after the horror of the attack, which saw three suicide bombers blow themselves up at the terminal entrance

At least 50 people were killed and dozens of others wounded in a terrorist attack at Ataturk Airport, located just outside of Istanbul in Turkey, on Tuesday evening.

An official in Turkey said on Tuesday night that the majority of those killed in the attack were Turkish citizens, while the Foreign Ministry in Israel said there is no indication that any Israelis were injured. 

Israeli passengers who were stranded at the airport following the attackwere taken to nearby hotels until flights are renewed on Wednesday.

The Foreign Ministry has opened an emergency hotline at +972-2-5303155.

Turkish officials have confirmed that two suicide bombers detonated their explosives in the attack
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Turkey's Justice Minister initially told reporters that at least 50 people were killed in the attack, but senior Israeli officials in Turkey told Arutz Sheva the death toll is at least as high as 60

The attack took place in the international departures area, according toCNN.

Gunfire also heard at the site was from Turkish security forces attempting to stop the bombers, officials added.
In the confusion, some witnesses had told Reuters they saw gunmen open fire from an airport car park.

As with previous attacks, the Turkish government has placed a media blackout on Turkish outlets reporting the attack.
Footage has emerged apparently showing terrified commuters taking cover at the airport in the aftermath of the bombings.

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