Following Koran-burning occurrences in Europe, the U.S. embassy in Turkey issued a warning to American citizens on Monday about potential threats on churches, synagogues, and diplomatic posts in Istanbul. This is the embassy’s second such warning in as many days.
The U.S. embassy warned of “possible imminent retaliatory attacks by terrorists” in an updated security notice, particularly in the city’s Beyoglu, Galata, Taksim, and Istiklal neighborhoods, which are popular with Westerners.
The matter is being looked into by Turkish authorities, it was added.
Following different cases in which the Muslim holy book, the Koran, was burned in Sweden, the Netherlands, and Denmark, several embassies in Ankara, including those of the United States, Germany, France, and Italy, issued security alerts on possible retaliatory attacks against places of worship on Friday.
Turkey issued a warning to its people on Saturday against “potential Islamophobic, xenophobic, and racist attacks” in Europe and the United States.
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