MIDEAST > Syria issues Turkey travel warning after protests

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War-torn Syria on Sunday advised its citizens to avoid travel to neighbouring Turkey, where massive protests have rocked several cities, because of "a deterioration in the security situation." The warning issued by the foreign ministry comes as a civil war that has killed tens of thousands ravages Syria, pitting rebels backed by Turkey and other countries against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
"The foreign ministry advises Syrian citizens to avoid travel to Turkey for their own safety because of a deterioration in the security situation in a number of Turkish cities," it said in a statement carried on Syrian state television.
The warning followed the biggest anti-government demonstrations in Turkey in a decade in major cities including the capital Ankara and Istanbul. Around 1,000 people have been detained in the protests and scores wounded nationwide.
The demonstrations have been covered in minute detail by Syrian state media, and on Saturday Syria's information minister accused the Turkish government of "terrorising" its people.


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6/3/2013 3:44:07 PM

This is the funnist thing I've heard in months. Syria issuing a travel warning?! Its good to know that the war torn country still has comedians performing to lighten their mood... :) Truly bizarre!

gray wolf

6/3/2013 11:52:24 AM

was that a joke from the Syrians or do they mean it, the guy who issued the warning must be a total donk as mr atan said they are demonstrations not full scale slaughter, at least we are not sending jets in to kill our own people or tanks to squash an uprising, a bit of tear gas as it says tears only soon get better Syria you will be broken up and majority will gon to turkey and you will be under our control.

Umut Ilkay

6/2/2013 8:32:25 PM

This is funniest joke i have ever read news. Country is submerged in civil war warning about traveling to a country where few protests occurred!

kerem atan

6/2/2013 6:08:28 PM

its hillarious if syria issues a warning like this.turks are trying to protest peacefully unlike the arabs who slaughter each other in their uprisings.everyone can come to turkey only if they bring a mask with them to avoid the tear gases.turkey shouldnt be mistaken for other countries in the middle east.people show solidarity for their rights here.
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