Turkey issues travel warning for citizens visiting USA in retaliatory move

Turkey issues travel warning for citizens visiting USA in retaliatory move

Turkey issues travel warning for citizens visiting USA in retaliatory move

Turkey on Friday issued a travel warning urging its citizens to reconsider their travel plans to the United States, citing the risk of terror attacks and arbitrary detentions.

Turkish citizens were also warned of possible terrorist attacks as a reason to avoid the US.

It added that the attacks can be in the form of vehicles ramming pedestrians, bomb attacks, armed terror attacks and may be in city centers, cultural activities, metro stations, public buildings, prayer centers and even school campuses.

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The ministry mentioned recent incidents including attacks at Ohio University's campus, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport, Dar Al-Farooq Mosque in Minnesota and a church in Texas.

Breaking overnight, Turkey has advised it's citizens not to travel to the United States.

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The move comes after the US on January 11 urged its citizens to reconsider travel to Turkey "due to terrorism and arbitrary detentions".

Ties between the allies have deteriorated over what many in Turkey perceive as a USA reluctance to extradite US -based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey blames for a 2016 failed coup attempt.

The ministry also warned of alleged "arbitrary arrests" of Turkish citizens, including public servants travelling to the USA for official duty.

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