At least seven people have been detained so far in connection to incidents following a fight between a foreign national and a Turkish citizen in Istanbul’s Esenyurt, a district on the far western side of the metropolis where nearly 300,000 migrants live.
A fight broke out between locals and migrants in Esenyurt’s Bağlarçeşme quarter on Jan. 9 due to an unknown reason, but the brawl later turned into a group of Turkish citizens breaking the windows of a shopping mall with shops belonging to migrants.
Police forces were dispatched to the area following the incident in which a group of 30-40 people damaged the outer door of the mall by throwing stones, according to Demirören News Agency.
A judicial investigation initiated is still ongoing.
Hurriyet Daily News