At least 97 people were killed when an Airbus A320, operated by Pakistan International Airlines, crashed into a Karachi neighbourhood in what was the country's worst air disaster since 2012.
"The initial information we have received indicates the dead bodies of five people were collected from the scene of the blast and more than twenty others have been wounded," police officer Mohamed Muktar said.
"I would like to reiterate that Al Quds Al-Sharif, the holy site of three religions and our first Kiblah, is a red line for all Muslims worldwide," says Turkish President Erdogan.
Many countries have closed mosques to the public, making it impossible for worshippers to hold the traditional congregational prayers that are part of Eid al Fitr celebrations.
This year, the festival must be welcomed in homes due to coronavirus outbreak, says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Pakistan had resumed domestic flights earlier this week ahead of Eid al Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan after a countrywide Covid-19 lockdown since mid-March, Airbus says it would provide technical assistance to investigators.
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Like other Muslim countries, Turkey is preparing for a subdued Eid given that much of the country will still be under lockdown due to the pandemic.
Eid al Fitr prayer marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and is traditionally prayed collectively early morning in mosques.
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Previous weekend and national curfews were applied to a maximum of 31 provinces but this round will restrict people to their homes in all 81 provinces.
More than 30,000 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the tiny Gulf country — 1.1 percent of the 2.75 million population — although just 15 people have died.
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