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Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Oh my: US issues travel alert on Turkey

The United States has issued a travel advisory urging its citizens to be vigilant if traveling to Turkey.

An updated statement the US State Department released on Wednesday alerts US citizens traveling to or residing in Turkey to the continuing public demonstrations taking place throughout the country. It said there have been numerous reports of violence, injuries, and at least two confirmed deaths related to clashes between protestors and police.
“US citizens are urged to remain alert to local security developments and to be vigilant regarding their personal security,” the latest statement said, adding that the travel alert expires on July 5. 
The statement noted that violent altercations have occurred in areas of Ankara, İstanbul, İzmir, Adana, Mersin and elsewhere and that police and protestors continue to clash in some locations. 
It added that individuals caught in the vicinity of violence have been injured and detained, including US citizens. “US citizens traveling to or residing in Turkey should be alert to the potential for violence. We strongly urge US citizens to avoid demonstrations and large gatherings. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. There have been no direct attacks on US citizens,” the statement said. 
The alert urged Americans to review their personal security plans, remain aware of their surroundings, including local events and monitor local news media for updates. It asked US citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance their personal security and follow the instructions of local authorities.

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