Grief grips Turkish Kurds as family members mourn victims of the Suruc attack

Published July 21st, 2015 - 10:58 GMT
Family members of the victims of the suicide bombing attack in the Turkish city of Suruc gathered for a funeral service on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
Family members of the victims of the suicide bombing attack in the Turkish city of Suruc gathered for a funeral service on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

It's been a little over a day since the deadly suicide bombing in the Turkish city of Suruc that killed some 32 Kurdish demonstrators and injuring scores more. 

Just a few paces away across the Syrian border, young activists gathered in Suruc Monday to hold a news conference about upcoming plans to rebuilt the Syrian city of Kobane, where Kurdish militias have strugged against Daesh offensives for almost a year. 

Chilling footage of the attack showed young activists from the Federation of Socialist Youth Associations standing behind a banner before an explosion rips through the center of the crowd. The blast was later claimed by Daesh.

Photos emerged Tuesday of the funeral service for the victims, where families gathered to honor loved ones and shouted slogans against the extremist group, according to Al Jazeera. 

Last September, the largely-Kurdish Kobane was the site of a major Daesh offensive, which was fended off by Kurdish militias and, later, airstrike support from the US coalition. Now almost a year later, the heavy images of grief-stricken family members of this week’s blast are a potent reminder of the turmoil still gripping the strip of land along the Syrian-Turkish border. 

All photos by Bulent Kilic for the AFP. 







 

 

 

 


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