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Turkey's 'Saltbae' donates proceeds from Istanbul restaurant to Lebanon victims

'Saltbae' became an internet sensation for his unique sprinkling style [Getty]

Date of publication: 7 September, 2020

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Nusret Gokce has donated thousands of dollars in revenues from his popular Istanbul restaurant to victims of Lebanon's port blast, as part of a campaign for the crisis-stricken country.
Turkey's celebrity meme factory Nusret Gokce, better known online as 'Saltbae', has sprinkled some of his own generosity on Beirut, following last month's deadly port blast.

Nusret Gokce, the Turkish butcher and chef who found fame via internet videos of his unique style of sprinkling salt, donated all the revenues from the popular Istanbul branch of his restaurant, Nusrat, to Lebanon.

The amount from Saturday's revenues totalled some $60,000, according to a document shared online.

The move was part of relief efforts by the chef, who joined forces with the Turkish Red Crescent, in a campaign dubbed "We Are One Family". 

The cataclysmic 4 August explosion in the port of Beirut killed at least 191 people, making it Lebanon's deadliest peacetime disaster. One month on, seven people are still listed as missing.

Twenty-five suspects have so far been arrested, including port director-general Hassan Koraytem and customs chief Badri Daher.

Also among those arrested are three workers who carried out welding work on the warehouse the day of the blast.

Read also: One month after Beirut blast, recovery too heavy to bear

Security sources have suggested that the welding work could have started a fire that triggered the blast, but other observers have rejected the theory.

The Lebanese army said Thursday it has found another 4.35 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored inside containers at an entrance to the port.


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