Unknown people unfurled the flag of the Taliban movementВ» at Hagia Sophia, where Muslim prayers have recently resumed.
The video was posted on Twitter by the head of the British think tank ITC T, Nur Dari.
#AfghanTaliban flag was raised in #HagiaSophia, #Turkey by pro #Taliban activists.— Noor Dahri (@dahrinoor2) August 3, 2020
The conversion of Hagia Sophia was a motivational message of #MuslimBrotherhood to the worldвЂ™s Islamist #extremists and #terrorists.
Soon, pro #ISIS activists will raise their flag too. #CHIIS pic.twitter.com/B6ArvLmSfe
In the footage, you can see a group of men with the group's flag unfurled. This is a white cloth that depicts the Shahadah (evidence of faith in Islam). Unknown people changed their location several times, they stood with the flag first at the entrance to the Cathedral, and then in the center of the prayer hall. The TV channel, referring to the Turkish newspaper Yenicag Gazetesi, noted that members of the вЂњTalibanвЂќ on the eve of unfurling their flag in some other places in Istanbul.
On July 10, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a decree that returned the Hagia Sophia to the status of a mosque. The decree canceled the decision of the government of the country from 1934, which turned the complex of the Cathedral into a Museum. On July 24, the first prayer was performed in the mosque.