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Friday, July 15, 2016


Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Shots Heard in Ankara, Bridges Closed in Istanbul

July 15, 2016
U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that shots have been heard in Ankara and both bridges in Istanbul, Bosphorous and Fatih Sultan Mehmet, are now closed.  The Turkish Government states that elements of the Turkish army are attempting an uprising, security forces are taking action to contain it, and some buildings are under blockade.  
We urge U.S. citizens to contact family and friends to let them know you are safe.  We have seen reports that social media is blocked, but you can contact friends and family by email, telephone, or SMS.  We encourage U.S. citizens to shelter in place and do not go the U.S. Embassy or Consulates at this time.  Monitor local press for updates, avoid areas of conflict, and exercise caution if you are in the vicinity of any military or security forces. 
For further detailed information regarding Turkey and travel: 

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