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Jan 6, 2015

Female suicide bomber hits police station in Istanbul’s historic heart

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A suicide bomber blew herself up inside a police station in Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet district on Tuesday, killing one officer and wounding another, the city’s governor and Turkish media said.

The woman spoke English as she entered the building but her nationality and identity were unknown, Governor Vasip Sahin told reporters at the scene.

Nov 3, 2014

At least 24 migrants die as boat sinks in Black Sea near Istanbul

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Rescuers pulled 24 bodies from the sea at the mouth of Istanbul’s Bosphorus strait on Monday and rescued seven people after the sinking of a boat carrying migrants including children, the Turkish Coastguard Command said.

Tens of thousands of migrants from Africa, the Middle East and beyond pack into often unsafe boats each year and thousands of them drown in their efforts to enter the European Union through coastal states.

Nov 3, 2014

Rescuers pull bodies from Black Sea near Istanbul after boat sinks

ISTANBUL, Nov 3 (Reuters) – Fisherman and coastguards pulled
bodies from the sea at the mouth of Istanbul’s Bosphorus strait
on Monday after a boat believed to be carrying dozens of illegal
migrants sank, Turkish authorities and a shipping agent said.

The Istanbul governor’s office said four people had been
found dead and five rescued alive. Turkish media reported that
at least 10 dead bodies were retrieved and around 30 people were
missing. Most of those who died were children, the Hurriyet news
website reported rescuers as saying.

May 31, 2013

Turk police in teargas crackdown on anti-government protesters

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon on Friday at protesters occupying a park in central Istanbul, injuring scores in the latest violent crackdown on anti-government demonstrations.

The protest at Gezi Park started late on Monday after developers tore up trees but has widened into a broader demonstration against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP).

May 29, 2013
via Photographers' Blog

In the face of tear gas


Istanbul, Turkey

By Osman Orsal

I am always prepared for these kind of protests before I arrive.

I wear shirts that cover my arms and of course I carry a gas mask. After all, during protests I can safely predict through my experience when police will use tear gas.

So, I took a secure, good position for shooting images. After taking 3-4 photos it is hard for everyone (even if you have a gas mask) to continue taking pictures because of the tear gas. I followed exactly this procedure with this protest.

Oct 15, 2012
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A river out of Syria


By Osman Orsal

It was early on Wednesday morning when I arrived at Hacipasa, a village just across the border from Syria in Turkey’s southern Hatay province. Set among rolling hills lined with olive trees, the village sits right across from the Syrian town of Azmarin, where heavy clashes had been taking place between Syrian government forces and rebels. The army had been shelling Azmarin and I was taking pictures of the shells landing in and around the town which sent plumes of dust and smoke rising above the town.

As the fighting intensified throughout the morning, villagers from Hacipasa told me Syrians were starting to flee across the Orontes river in the valley below me, some of them wounded. The river forms a natural frontier between Turkey and Syria along this part of the border.