Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,
Unfortunately Abu’Safiyyah was unable to send us his latest update tonight, as they set off on a 160km journey at 11:30pm turkish time!! They hadnt travelled anywhere since yesterday and judging by the traffic they encountered then, its probably best to hit the road at night. I tried ringing a few times but I am guessing he is kipping in the back of the mini-bus whilst someone else drives. I believe they may be heading towards Ankara, so its goodbye Istanbul!
The reception was very good in Istanbul and today there was a rally in Taksim square before they left for Ankara. There were huge crowds and a lot of noise, such a great show of support from the turkish people. There was live coverage of this rally on Hilal Tv with translation, which we are trying to get hold of and upload, whilst we await new photos and updates.