US embassy posts security warning for several Turkish cities
The U.S. Embassy in Ankara posted a travel restriction on its website on April 1 over security concerns in several cities, including İzmir and Muğla by the Aegean Sea, along with others in the east and southeast.
“The U.S. Embassy in Ankara reminds U.S. citizens that due to the security situation in southeast Turkey, U.S. government personnel in Turkey remain subject to travel restrictions in the following provinces: Hatay, Kilis, Gaziantep, Şanlıurfa, Şırnak, Diyarbakır Van, Siirt, Muş, Mardin, Batman, Bingol, Tunceli, Hakkari, Bitlis, Elazığ, Adana, İzmir, and Muğla. U.S. citizens are also reminded to avoid areas in close proximity to the Syrian border,” the warning read.
“From time to time, either in response to specific threats or to remain flexible and enhance our preparedness, U.S. Mission facilities may limit the days or hours of operations. In keeping with this approach, U.S. government offices in Gaziantep will be closed temporarily. Please note the operating status of this and other U.S. Mission facilities may be subject to change as the security situation evolves,” it also said.
“We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take the appropriate steps to bolster your personal security,” it said.