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Another oldie in original b&w, this time from Gaziantep, a large city in southeastern Turkey, approximately 50 km from the border with Syria (and another 50 km to Aleppo).

I had spent a couple of days in Gaziantep in 1971 and returned in 1974, when this photo was taken. I have only sketchy memories of the city, mainly remembering it as large and crowded, very colourful and "exotic". It's on the western fringe of Turkish "Kurdistan".

In recent years Gaziantep has to some extent been drawn into the conflict in Syria. In 2016 at least 51 persons were killed and dozens injured in a suicide attack on a wedding. Most victims were Kurds, and the attack was blamed on the so called Islamic State. The Kurdish militia YPG in Syria is a sworn enemy of the IS, so the attack in Gaziantep was seen as a revenge for the fighting inside Syria.

As usual I have no memories of taking this photo and I can't say anything about it. It's just a photo. I have scanned it from an Ilford FP4 negative. Here is a larger version.

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