Vandals attack cemetery in Turkey’s Hatay province

Vandals have smashed nearly 100 gravestones in the southern Turkish province of Hatay, also spray-painting a threatening message in the graveyard, Turkish news site Tarafsız reported on Thursday.

“We are coming soon. We are the Islamic State”, read the message sprayed by the vandals in the graveyard in Hatay’s Reyhanlı district.

While the message refers to the extremist jihadist group that gained global prominence when it took large areas of Syria and Iraq in 2014, Tarafsız said there was no indication as yet who was responsible for the attack.

Hatay, a province that was once Syrian territory, is known for its multiculturalism. The province is home to a large Arab population, including many who belong to the Alawite religious minority that is more widely found in neighbouring Syria.
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