Turkey issues retaliatory travel alert for US, EU

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Istanbul: Ankara on Saturday issued a travel warning for the United States and Europe in seeming retaliation for similar alerts by Western powers for Turkey.

The United States and major European countries have advised their citizens against attending mass events and to avoid tourist hotspots in Turkey.

Ankara has been most recently outraged by anti-Islamic protests by a far-right extremist who was allowed to burn the Koran outside the Turkish embassies in Stockholm and Copenhagen.

The Turkish foreign ministry's first travel advisory warned of "dangerous levels of religious intolerance and hatred in Europe".

A separate statement said "there have recently been verbal and physical attacks against foreigners and acts of racism committed throughout the United States."

Embassies in Turkey warn against 'terror attacks' especially in places of worship
Three embassies have warned their citizens against possible terror attacks in Turkey, especially in places of worship, following Danish far-right political party leader Rasmus Paludan’s protests of burning copies of the Quran.

Three Western embassies on Jan. 27 warned their citizens against possible terror attacks in Turkey especially in places of worship.

The warnings of the U.S., French and German embassies came after the far-right anti-immigrant politician Rasmus Paludan burned copies of the Quran in Sweden and Denmark to protest against Turkey and Sweden's bid to join NATO.

“In the wake of recent Quran-burning incidents in Europe, the U.S. government cautions its citizens of possible retaliatory attacks by terrorists against places of worship in Türkiye. Terrorists could attack with little or no warning, targeting places of worship or places Westerners frequent,” the U.S. Embassy said.

“As the security alert issued by the US Embassy in Ankara on Jan. 27, 2023 reminds, the risk of terrorist attacks in Turkey is already high. French people residing in Turkey or those who will travel to Turkey are kindly requested to pay maximum attention to their safety by staying away from crowded areas frequented by foreigners, including religious places,” the Embassy of France said.

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