#PrayForTurkey: Twitter mourns Istanbul carnage
Mere hours after the triple blast rocked Europe’s third-busiest airport, the hashtag #PrayForTurkey skyrocketed to the third spot on Twitter’s global trends, as people spoke out in outrage over the shocking events in Turkey.
At least 36 people were killed and 147 wounded in three blasts that hit Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on Tuesday evening. Initial findings indicate that the Islamic State terror group (IS, previously ISIS/ISIL) was responsible for the attacks, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told the media.
Many expressed outrage over the endemic terror attacks, recalling previous violence committed by Islamic State in Paris and Brussels earlier this year.
Paris, Brussels, San Bernadino, Orlando, Istanbul... WHY ARE WE LETTING ISIS GET AWAY WITH THIS?!?!!??!??!?!— gianna kardashian (@gDerbs) June 29, 2016
Paris, Brussels, Orlando and now Istanbul. The innocent keep dying. It's not going to end until we all accept each other. Is this possible?— Greg Masse (@GregMasse) June 29, 2016
Others expressed extreme sadness and concern that Turkey has become the terrorists’ latest target.
Breaks my heart to see terrorism and bombings in such a beautiful country where I have once lived #PrayForTurkey— Ryan Melink (@mini_melink) June 29, 2016
Innocent people killed.Terrorism is a threat to whole world #PrayForTurkey— Mahdi Mohamed (@Mehdishei) June 29, 2016
Many offered their condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims.
#PrayForTurkey ❤️ my heart goes out to all the victims and families— Kenzie Shaleefoo (@DAPAdele) June 29, 2016
In the meantime, Facebook has activated its Safety Check tool, which allows users who are near the site of a terrorist attack to let their friends and family know they are safe.