- Title: People gather at the secene of Istanbul nightclub attack
- Date: 3rd January 2017
- Summary: ISTANBUL, TURKEY (JANUARY 3, 2017) (REUTERS) ENTRANCE OF REINA NIGHTCLUB FROM THE INSIDE CARS DRIVING PAST CLUB SIGN READING (English): "REINA" MAKESHIFT MEMORIAL OUTSIDE NIGHTCLUB WITH FLOWERS, PICTURES OF THE VICTIMS AND BANNER READING (Turkish): "WE WILL NOT GIVE UP, THIS IS FOR OUR FUTURE" PEOPLE WALKING DOWN STREET HOLDING TURKISH FLAGS PEOPLE AND MEDIA GATHERED AROUND CHAIRMAN OF ISTANBUL'S AK PARTY'S, SELIM TEMURCI (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) CHAIRMAN OF ISTANBUL'S AK PARTY'S, SELIM TEMURCI, SAYING: "That night 12 Turkish citizens and all together 39 brothers' lives, were taken." TURKISH FLAGS WAVING (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) CHAIRMAN OF ISTANBUL'S AK PARTY'S, SELIM TEMURCI, SAYING: "We are losing our people to terrorism and we feel pain in our hearts. Of course our guests are leaving Turkey now and are being sent back to their countries." MAN LAYING FLOWERS AT MAKESHIFT MEMORIAL PICTURES OF VICTIMS MORE OF MAN LAYING FLOWERS AT MEMORIAL, PICTURES OF VICTIMS WOMAN TAKING PICTURE WHILE ANOTHER WOMAN IS SIGNING CONDOLENCE BOOK VARIOUS OF WOMAN SIGNING CONDOLENCE BOOK VARIOUS OF POLICE TAKING AWAY A MAN WHO ACCOSTED POLICE FOR FAILING TO PROVIDE SECURITY VARIOUS OF POLICE AND PEOPLE GATHERED AT ENTRANCE TO CLUB MORE OF PEOPLE LAYING FLOWERS AT MEMORIAL (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) ISTANBUL RESIDENT, HASAN KELES, SAYING: "I have done shopping, like I do every day. If we are afraid of terror that will give them more power." (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) ISTANBUL RESIDENT, BAHAR AKINCI, SAYING: "They have to work harder on security, we don't want any more deaths." (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) UNIDENTIFIED ISTANBUL RESIDENT, SAYING: "I don't feel safe. I feel that I have to feel safe because you have to start somewhere to show that we are not afraid." (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) ISTANBUL RESIDENT, BANUCICEK KOTAMAN, SAYING: "It is very hard to feel safe, for sure it will be over one day. The important thing is that nothing happens to our people. We will deal with this." MORE OF POLICE AND PEOPLE GATHERED AT ENTRANCE TO CLUB
- Embargoed: 18th January 2017 11:39
- Keywords: Turkey attack selfie gunman gunfire. wounded casualties nightclub gun attack Reina club
- Location: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- City: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0015XJ0V2F
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:People gathered at a makeshift memorial in front of the Reina nightclub in Istanbul on Tuesday (January 3), where a gun attack killed 39 people on New Year's Day. The venue remained closed amid strong security.
Selim Temurci, the chairman of the ruling AK party's Istanbul branch who also visited memorial outside the club said tourists were leaving Turkey and returning back to their countries.
"We are losing our people to terrorism and we feel pain in our hearts," he added just as a man who accosted security forces for failing to provide security was being detained by police.
Passers-by said they did not feel safe.
"They have to work harder on security, we don't want any more deaths," Bahar Akinci, Istanbul resident told Reuters.
But many said giving in to fear would be tantamount to empowering the attackers.
"I have done shopping, like I do every day. If we are afraid of terror that will give them more power," Hasan Keles, another Istanbul resident said.
Earlier on Tuesday a huge banner was lifted over the makeshift memorial reading "We will not give up, this is for our future".
Nationals of Turkey, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Libya, Israel, a Turkish-Belgian dual citizen and a Franco-Tunisian woman were among those killed, officials said.
Turkey's parliament will this week debate and then vote on extending emergency rule by a further three months, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said in a speech to his ruling AK Party deputies on Tuesday.
Emergency rule, imposed in Turkey following the attempted coup on July 15, enables the government to bypass parliament in enacting new laws and to limit or suspend rights and freedoms as they deem necessary.
The gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day in an attack claimed by Islamic State appears to have been well versed in guerrilla warfare and may have trained in Syria, a newspaper report and a security source said on Tuesday.
The attacker, who remains at large, shot dead a police officer and a civilian at the entrance to the exclusive Reina nightclub on Sunday (January 1). He then opened fire with an automatic rifle inside, reloading his weapon half a dozen times and shooting the wounded as they lay on the ground.
In a statement claiming the attack on Monday, Islamic State described the club as a gathering point for Christians celebrating their "apostate holiday" and said the shooting was revenge for Turkish military involvement in Syria.
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