Illegal construction blamed in Istanbul building collapse

Turkish officials blamed illegal construction practices for the collapse of an apartment building in Istanbul as they joined hundreds of mourners Saturday at a funeral for nine members of one family killed in the disaster.

As the overall death toll rose to 18, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said there were "many lessons to learn" from the tragedy.

Experts say a majority of buildings in Istanbul lack proper licenses and are built illegally or without engineering services.

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