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Istanbul Terrorist Attacks (2003)

  • By: Vener Garayev & Kasim Karagoz
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

One of the deadliest terrorist attacks in Europe in recent years, the Istanbul terrorist attacks are characterized by two separate bombings: the first on November 15, 2003, and the second on November 20, leaving 57 people dead and around 700 people wounded. Because the event occurred in Istanbul, the largest cultural and economic city in Turkey, the event was named the Istanbul Terrorist Attacks or the Istanbul Bombings. While some national, regional, and international terrorist groups claimed responsibility for the strikes, those claims were denied by Turkish officials, and it is still not completely clear today who stood behind the bombings.

The bombing on Saturday morning, November 15, targeted two synagogues, Neve Shalom and Beth Israel, which were exceptionally full on that day. The attack was ...

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