UN chief condemns terrorist bomb attack in eastern Turkey

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The Secretary-General condemns, in the strongest terms, the deadly attack that took place ton Saturday in the town of Reyhanli, in Turkey’s Hatay province which, according to early reports, has claimed the lives of 40 people and injured more than a hundred.

The Secretary-General condemns all acts of terrorism and reiterates that no cause or grievance ever justifies the targeting of civilians.

He hopes that the perpetrators will be swiftly identified and brought to justice.

The Secretary-General sends his deepest condolences to the victims and their families, as well as to the Government and people of Turkey, and wishes those injured a speedy recovery.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees,  António Guterres, also expressed his deep condolences to the Turkish State and to all Turkish people for the extensive loss of life and injuries suffered as a result of the explosions.

Mr. Guterres condemned these despicable attacks on civilians, stating that these terrorist activities targeted both the Turkish people and Syrian refugees who have received protection in Turkey.

He says the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) supports Turkey at this difficult time and extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of those impacted.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1’13″

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