Americans warned against traveling to Southeast Turkey amid terror threat

Americans warned against traveling to Southeast Turkey amid terror threat

US State Department warned American citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups in Turkey. 

"Carefully consider the need to travel to Turkey at this time, and avoid travel to southeast Turkey due to the persistent threat of terrorism," the statement reads.

US government personnel and their family members residing in or visiting Istanbul are restricted from congregating or traveling in large groups and are not permitted to visit these Istanbul locations without prior approval from the Consulate: large, crowded areas such as shopping malls and houses of worship frequented by expatriates, entertainment complexes, nightclubs, public sporting/cultural performance venues, and crowded pedestrian thoroughfares, tourist destinations throughout Istanbul, to include historical sites, monuments, large bazaar markets, and museums.

The statement recalls that numerous large gatherings and rallies, many of a political nature, are expected to be held throughout Turkey in late March and April 2017. "US Mission Turkey recommends that US citizens avoid all gatherings, protests, or demonstrations in Turkey, regardless of their purpose, due to the potential for violence or personal injury," it says.

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