Iranian embassy warns citizens visiting Turkey during Christmas holidays
“Dear compatriots, given the state of emergency in Turkey and the warnings of security officials in the country, you are requested to avoid making unnecessary travel and attending gatherings [in Turkey],” the Iranian embassy said in a statement.
It also called on citizens to immediately contact the embassy or consulates across the country in case of emergency.
Turkish authorities have recently stepped up security measures ahead of New Year celebrations in the country.
The Istanbul governor has said 37,000 police officers and 4,000 gendarmerie officers will be on duty on New Year’s Eve in Istanbul for people to celebrate the night in a “peaceful way.”
The authorities on Dec. 20 banned New Year’s Eve celebrations in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, citing security concerns.
On Dec. 25, the Beşiktaş Municipality - situated near the center of the city – also said New Year’s Eve activities planned to be held at the Barbaros Square in the district would not be allowed, again citing security concerns. The Şişli Municipality followed suit on Dec. 27, banning celebrations in public spaces on New Year’s Eve.