Thousands of Jaferies in Turkey joined the Karbala mourning ritual where Prophet Muhammad's grandson Imam Hussain and 72 others were killed, Turkish state TV said.
TRT said the commemoration ceremonies were held in Halkalı district of Istanbul on Saturday in the 1,370th anniversary under the title "Universal Ashura Mourning Ritual".
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan issued a message on the occasion of Ashura Day and said 10th of Muharram requires a true respect and reverence for any man with a conscious which succeeds in preserving sense of right and justice.
Touching upon the incident of Karbala, Erdoğan said that the drama of Prophet Muhammad's grandson Imam Hussain and the 72 innocent souls with him in Karbala is our common grief and common sadness.
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The Turkish Premier expressed his condolences on Imam Hussain and martyrs of Karbala.
Main Opposition leader Deniz Baykal also attended the ceremonies and gave messages of unity and solidarity.