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Israeli singer cancels İstanbul concert

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Israeli singer and songwriter Riff Cohen canceled her upcoming concert in İstanbul, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported, citing the event’s organizers on Sunday, as hostilities between Israel and Palestine continued to escalate on their third day.

The concert was scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 12, as part of the 5th Istanbul International Folk Music Festival.

According to the organizers, the event was canceled at Cohen’s request, who said she could not perform due to events back home.

“Due to the events in my country, I have chosen to stay with my loved ones and family,” Cohen said on social media.

On Saturday Hamas carried out an attack on Israel for which Israel vowed “powerful revenge.” Hundreds of Palestinians and Israelis have been killed in the conflict, and Israel has formally declared war on Hamas.

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