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Turkey: Locals react to unfurling of Taliban flag inside Hagia Sophia03:12

Turkey: Locals react to unfurling of Taliban flag inside Hagia Sophia

Turkey, Istanbul
August 4, 2020 at 01:11 GMT -00:00 · Published

Istanbul locals reacted on Monday to an incident involving a group of men, some of them dressed in traditional Afghan costumes, unfurling a Taliban banner inside the Hagia Sophia mosque.

"I certainly don't think it's right. Since this is the territory of Turkey and the territory of Turkey, no other flag should be raised here. Our homeland and our flag are forever in the forefront, for the whole of the Muslim community. I didn't find it right," said Gulay Sertkaya.

Another resident condemned the action, saying it "goes against Islam."

A video was posted on Twitter on Monday by Noor Dahri, director of the Islamic Theology of Counter Terrorism (ITCT), which showed a group of men unfolding a Taliban flag.

On July 10, Turkey's Council of State ruled that the Hagia Sophia museum had to be turned back into a Muslim place of worship, overturning a 1934 decree. The site had also previously housed a church.

UNESCO expressed concerns about the impact it may have on the universal value of the World Heritage Site, while the EU has called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to reverse the decision.

Turkey: Locals react to unfurling of Taliban flag inside Hagia Sophia03:12
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Istanbul locals reacted on Monday to an incident involving a group of men, some of them dressed in traditional Afghan costumes, unfurling a Taliban banner inside the Hagia Sophia mosque.

"I certainly don't think it's right. Since this is the territory of Turkey and the territory of Turkey, no other flag should be raised here. Our homeland and our flag are forever in the forefront, for the whole of the Muslim community. I didn't find it right," said Gulay Sertkaya.

Another resident condemned the action, saying it "goes against Islam."

A video was posted on Twitter on Monday by Noor Dahri, director of the Islamic Theology of Counter Terrorism (ITCT), which showed a group of men unfolding a Taliban flag.

On July 10, Turkey's Council of State ruled that the Hagia Sophia museum had to be turned back into a Muslim place of worship, overturning a 1934 decree. The site had also previously housed a church.

UNESCO expressed concerns about the impact it may have on the universal value of the World Heritage Site, while the EU has called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to reverse the decision.

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