Sahinbey  is 31 km (19 mile) far to Gaziantep. Sahinbey is a district of Gaziantep Province of Turkey named after Sahin Bey (1877-1920). Beginning in 1899, he started to take active roles at numerous battles for the Ottoman Empire. He was sent to Yemen to fight against the local Imams that were trying to take the control of the region from the Ottomans. His efforts would help Ottomans to control the region until their dissolution after World War I.

Later he voluntarily went to Trablusgarp in 1911 to defend the Ottoman territories against the invading Italian forces. After a successful beginning for the Ottoman side, the Italo-Turkish War turned out to be an Italian victory in the end. An outcome that ended the Ottoman presence in the North Africa totally. Disappointed after the defeat, Sahin Bey returned to Istanbul and was sent to the Balkan front immediately. Another defeat was waiting for him there. Turks lost nearly all of their territories in Europe.

Sahin Bey’s return to the Western front would come after the Ottoman Empire entered the World War I next to Central Powers. He was sent to Galicia to help the allies of the empire. He was later transferred to the Middle Eastern front of the war, specifically to Sinai in 1917. There he took part in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign which resulted with another defeat for the Ottoman-German alliance. Sahin Bey became a prisoner of war in the hands of the British forces. He wasn’t released until 1919.

When he returned to his homeland, the Southeast Anatolia, in 1919, he became the representative of the Ottoman Army with a duty to control the important road between Kilis and Gaziantep. There he saw the disadvantageous results of World War I.

1919 was an important year for the Turkish revolution. Mustafa Kemal was starting a revolt in Anatolia and the French were invading Sahin Bey’s homeland. He decided to join the spirit of the revolution and became the leader of the local revolutionaries.

He was hoping to defeat the French Army, just like his comrades did at the Battle of Marash. For this purpose, he attacked Charles Joseph Edouard Andréa’s forces, a spearhead group of the actual army, that left Kilis to Aintab in the morning of March 26, 1920. The combat started with the advance of the Turkish side but turned into a defeat when the main French force arrived to the battlefield. Sahin Bey desperately fought against the advancing Andréa’s troops and managed to stop them on Elmali bridge . On 28 March, he and his men were killed. And then Andrea’s forces could enter to the city of Aintab.

A Turkish National Movement commander. It is part of Gaziantep Metropolitan municipality. The population is 730,562 as of 2010. It is the location of a large amount of student housing for the public University of Gaziantep, as well as the site of two private universities: Zirve and Hasan Kalyoncu.

Goksu Uctas (born 1990), Turkish female artistic gymnast. Goksu Uctas born August 30, 1990 in Sahinbey, (Gaziantep Province, Turkey) is a Turkish female artistic gymnast. She is coached by Mergul Guler. She graduated 2011 as a teacher of physical education and sports from the Abant Izzet Baysal University in Bolu Province.

She won the silver medal in the vault event at the 2009 Mediterranean Games held in Pescara, Italy. In 2010, Uctas won the bronze medal in the floor exercise event at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup A held in Doha, Qatar. At the World Cup in Artistic Gymnastics-Grand Prix Ostrava 2010 in the Czech Republic, she won gold medal in the floor exercise, silver medal in the balance beam and silver medal in the vault event.

She qualified to participate in the 2012 Summer Olympics as the first ever Olympic gymnast from Turkey. Due to an injury suffered during a training prior to the Olympics, she could compete in the balance beam event only. With 11.333 points, Uctas ranked 77th, and did not advance to the final.

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