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20 in Istanbul Die in Bombings at Synagogues

A pair of truck bombs exploded Saturday morning outside two synagogues crowded with families at bar mitzvahs, killing at least 20 people and wounding more than 300. The bombs exploded nearly simultaneously, destroying parts of the synagogues, Beth Israel and Neve Shalom, and killing many of the worshipers inside. The survivors, many of them wounded and drenched in blood, ran from the synagogues, screaming for help. Both blasts shook the ground and rattled windows more than a half-mile away. A gaping crater and a mangled car marked the scene outside Neve Shalom in the city’s Beyoglu neighborhood. At Beth Israel, in the Sisli neighborhood three miles away, the roof had collapsed and the streets were covered in debris. “It was the scene of a massacre,” said Zafer Tatu, 39, still in shock as he stood by his shattered lamp shop, down the street from Neve Shalom. “I saw people awash in blood, all kinds of body parts spread around.” Full Story

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