Turkey observes day of mourning for Egyptians after mosque attack

Turkey observes day of mourning for Egyptians after mosque attack

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Turkey observes day of mourning for Egyptians after mosque attack

Flags flew at half-mast on buildings across Turkey on Nov. 27 to mark a day of mourning for the victims of last week’s terror attack in Egypt.

The presidential palace, government ministries, state agencies and private businesses lowered the Turkish flag in respect for the 305 people killed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants on Nov. 24.

Diplomatic missions overseas also took part in the solemn tribute.

The prime minister’s office declared a national day of mourning two days after the attack on a mosque in Bir al-Abed in the northern Sinai Peninsula.

Although no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, the deadliest in modern Egyptian history, it has been widely blamed on ISIL’s affiliate in Sinai.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ and other senior officials have condemned the attack, extending their condolences to the Egyptian people.

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