Syrian refugee chefs recreate the taste of home in Turkey

Syrian refugee chefs recreate the taste of home in Turkey

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ISTANBUL—The Salloura chain sweets shop was a Syrian institution, famous throughout the region for its fluffy cakes, pistachio baklava and rose-water syrup-soaked, fried dough balls.

Today the Salloura family manages the bakery out of a bustling avenue in Istanbul’s historic Fatih district, where traditional eateries have sprouted up in order to offer cheap, filling and nostalgia-inducing food for the more than 300,000 Syrian refugees who have made this city their home in exile.

“These foods help people to feel connected with their homeland, who in Turkey feel lost,” said Mohammad Ayman as he wraps clotted cream filled pastries into to-go packages for Syrian customers. Read more…

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10 dead after explosion rocks Istanbul's main tourist district

10 dead after explosion rocks Istanbul’s main tourist district

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An explosion in the historic district of Sultanahmet, close to the Blue Mosque, in Istanbul, has left 10 dead and at least 15 others wounded, the governor’s office has confirmed.

The explosion, which took place near the obelisk of Theodosius was strong enough to be heard in nearby neighborhoods, according to CNN Turk. The location is popular with tourist, and many of the dead are foreigners, according to a statement from the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus.

Officials say the blast was caused by a suicide bomber. During a press briefing just hours after the attack, Kurtulmus said the man responsible had been identified as a 28-year-old Syrian. Read more…

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Children's bodies wash up on Turkish beach after latest migrant tragedy

Children’s bodies wash up on Turkish beach after latest migrant tragedy

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The bodies of at least 10 drowned migrants and refugees, who plunged into the Aegean Sea when their boat capsized in rough seas, washed up on the beach of a Turkish resort town Tuesday.

Among the dead were at least three children, their bodies still wrapped in winter coats to protect against the cold weather, as they lay in the sand in the town of Ayvalik

The Turkish town has become one of the main launch points for boats packed with migrants and refugees attempting to reach the Greek island of Lesbos.

Video from Turkish news outlet Dogan news agency shows images of the small bodies being washed to shore in the rough seas, before Turkish police pulled them from the surf Read more…

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