The Foreign Ministry spokesman in Jerusalem Emmanuel Nahshon confirmed that 11 Israelis were injured in the Istanbul suicide blast Saturday, were treated in four hospitals and three were in dangerous condition. Another 6 Israeli tourists are missing. Magen David ambulance flights have taken off for Istanbul to transport the victims home. The blast occurred shortly before 11 a.m. on Saturday just off Istiklal Caddesi, Istanbul’s main pedestrian shopping street, which stretches south from Taksim Square. At least five people were killed in the explosion and 36 injured, many of them foreign nationals, including the members of an organized Israeli group on a four-day culinary tour of Turkey.
The FM spokesman praised the cooperation of Turkish authorities with Israeli diplomats in what he called an extremely serious incident.. Director General Dore Gold has cut short his trip to Washington and flies to Istanbul Sunday.
The attack occurred less than a week after a terrorists killed 37 in the Turkish capital Ankara.