Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed that “all those involved in the Istiklal Street bombing in Istanbul will be found and held accountable,” noting that “Turkey will not be silent about the attacks and knows the parties that support terrorist groups, and it has the right to deal with its own problems in northern Syria.” .
He pointed out in a statement, that “the events showed that the forces that gave guarantees that Turkey would not be targeted from the areas of their control did not fulfill their promises,” and indicated that “the air operations in northern Syria are only the beginning, and we will start the ground operations at the most appropriate time for us, and the steps that we are taking It will guarantee the unity and security of the territories of both Syria and Iraq.
Erdogan stressed, “We will start purging the region from Tal Rifaat, Manbij and Ayn al-Arab, and our only goal is to ensure a safe future for our citizens and our brothers in our vicinity,” adding: “The concrete tunnels in which terrorists hide will be their graves.”
And the governor of the Turkish city of Istanbul, Ali Yerli Kaya, announced that there were dead and wounded as a result of an explosion in the Taksim area in the center of Istanbul.
In this context, Turkish security prevented entry to Istiklal Street, and called on citizens not to leave homes and shops in the area, after the explosion occurred.
In addition, the Turkish Radio and Television Supreme Authority announced the ban on publishing any information related to the Istanbul bombing.