The Nationalities Of The Istanbul Ataturk Victims Show The International Effects Of This Attack

The death toll from Tuesday's explosions at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport has risen to at least 31, Turkish officials told the Associated Press. A senior Turkish official also told AP that initial indications suggest that the Islamic State was responsible for the attack. But as this story continues to develop, it is important to humanize the victims of this tragedy by looking at the nationalities of the Istanbul attacks victims and where they were from.

A Turkish official has said that the "vast majority" of the suicide bomb attack victims at the airport were Turkish nationals, according to Reuters. However, the official added that some of the victims were foreigners. The official was not able to provide any more specific information about the nationalities of the dead and wounded, Reuters reported. But an eyewitness at the scene, South African tourist Paul Roos, was able to tell Reuters what happened at the airport when he and his wife were waiting to go back to Cape Town:

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Another eyewitness, Steven Nabil, a Iraqi-American freelance journalist who had been traveling on his honeymoon, tweeted what he saw at the airport during the attacks; his wife was injured, and the two of them had to take cover.

Dozens of police, ambulances, and firefighters were dispatched to the airport following the attacks to help the wounded on site. There were also taxis outside the airport to transport the wounded. BBC News has reported that flights in and out of the airport — which is one of the busiest in the world, serving over 61 million passengers in 2015 alone — were suspended following the attacks.