- Title: Lebanese wounded survivors, bodies of dead from Istanbul attack flown home
- Date: 2nd January 2017
- Summary: ISTANBUL, TURKEY (JANUARY 2, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF RELATIVES OF LEBANESE WOUNDED AND VICTIMS STANDING IN QUEUE TO CHECK-IN FOR THEIR FLIGHT BACK TO BEIRUT SCREEN AT AIRPORT READING (In English): "ECONOMY - BEIRUT" VARIOUS OF WIFE OF LEBANESE VICTIM HAYKAL MOUSALLEM AT PASSPORT CONTROL PEOPLE IN CHECK IN QUEUE CLOSE OF FOOT OF WOMAN WHO WAS WOUNDED IN HER LEG VARIOUS OF PEOPLE STANDING AT CHECK-IN DESK WOMAN WITH WOUNDED LEG WALKING TOWARDS CHECK-IN DESK CLOSE OF FEET / ONE WITH A SLIPPER THE OTHER WITH A BOOT WOUNDED WOMAN GETTING SEATED ON WHEELCHAIRS
- Embargoed: 17th January 2017 15:45
- Keywords: Istanbul attack gunman Islamic State New Year's Day shooting nightclub Reina
- Location: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- City: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0015XE0S3R
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- Story Text: Some of Lebanon's citizens wounded in Istanbul's New Year's Day attack on a nightclub flew back home on Monday (January 2) from Istanbul's Ataturk airport along with relatives and some bodies of the dead.
A specially-assigned flight from Lebanon arrived in Istanbul late on Sunday (January 1) with some of the victims' relatives, medical staff and Lebanese officials in order to check on Lebanese in hospitals and morgues.
Three Lebanese citizens were among those killed in the attack that left at least 39 people dead, Lebanon's foreign ministry said.
Four other Lebanese people were wounded, it said, when a gunman opened fire on revellers at a packed nightclub on the shores of Istanbul's Bosphorus waterway.
Lebanese local media reported some wounded who did not come back on Monday's plane, stayed in Istanbul due to their medical condition and will be moved back to Lebanon at a later stage.
The Lebanese foreign ministry named those killed as Elias Wardini, Haykal Mousallem and Rita Shami.
Elias Wardini, 26, a personal trainer, had posted a picture on Instagram a few hours before the attack, posing in the Istanbul snow with another Lebanese victim in her twenties, Shami.
Nationals of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Libya, Israel, a Turkish-Belgian dual citizen and a Franco-Tunisian woman were among those killed, officials said.
Islamic State claimed responsibility on Monday for the mass shooting, an attack carried out by a lone gunman who remains at large.
It described the Reina nightclub, where many foreigners as well as Turks were killed, as a gathering point for Christians celebrating their "apostate holiday". The attack, it said, was revenge for Turkish military involvement in Syria.
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