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Turkey: Fresh Protests in Istanbul’s Kadikoy Square

Date: December 27th, 2013 | No Comments

Police fired water cannons, smoke grenades and teargas to break-up crowds of protestors at Istanbul’s Kadikoy Square Dec. 22. What was meant to be an action against the government’s construction and development plans in the city’s threatened green spaces quickly turned into protests over recent corruption and bribery scandals involving government officials and at least [read more]

Turkey: Embassy Attack Prompts Updated Travel Warning

Date: February 27th, 2013 | No Comments

In light of the recent attack on the U.S. Embassy in Ankara and instability at the Turkish-Syrian border, the U.S. State Dept. has issued an updated travel warning. The Consulate strongly recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all border areas with Syria, and exercise extreme caution when traveling anywhere in southeastern Turkey. Travelers should stay abreast [read more]

Turkey: Kidnappers Release British Tourist Unharmed

Date: June 6th, 2012 | No Comments

A British tourist was released unharmed after being abducted from a passenger bus and held by members of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), a militant separatist group that is considered to be terrorists by the Turkish government. The young Briton, believed to be in his 30s, was en route to the Black Sea coast when [read more]

Turkey: Car Bomb Explodes in Ankara

Date: September 21st, 2011 | No Comments

At least three people died and 15 were injured after a car bomb exploded in Ankara Sept. 20. The interior minister said that the blast was more than likely an act of terrorism, partially because the explosion took place in an area known for heavy traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian. While Kurdish rebels fighting for [read more]

Turkey: Istanbul, Other Cities Unprepared for Major Earthquakes

Date: August 18th, 2010 | No Comments

A study conducted by three universities showed that Istanbul is woefully unprepared for a major earthquake 11 years after the 7.6 magnitude Marmara earthquake killed nearly 17 thousand people and caused billions of dollars in damage. According to the report, an earthquake measuring at least 7.0 would destroy 20 thousand buildings, damage another 200 thousand [read more]

Turkey: Travel Warning for Southern Region

Date: September 12th, 2013 | No Comments

The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning for Turkey Sept. 6, cautioning American citizens traveling to or residing in Turkey to be alert to the potential for violence. Though the warning specifically references threats against United States government facilities and personnel, all U.S. citizens are warned to avoid demonstrations and large gatherings. The warning [read more]

Greece and Turkey: Tourists Panic, Jump From Buildings During Quake

Date: June 13th, 2012 | No Comments

Six people suffered injuries when they panicked and jumped from shaking buildings as a 6.0-magnitude earthquake rattled the southwest coast of Turkey June 10. No direct injuries were reported from this latest and strongest in a recent series of tremors, which hit near the popular Turkish resort of Oludeniz and was also felt on the [read more]

Turkey: Earthquake causes Damage and Death

Date: October 27th, 2011 | No Comments

The death toll following the deadly earthquake in eastern Turkey rose past 400 as rescuers continued to search for survivors amid rubble and debris. A 5.4 magnitude earthquake hit eastern Turkey Oct. 23, injuring more than 1,300 people and causing immense damage in the province of Van. The country is especially vulnerable to large earthquakes [read more]

Turkey: Explosion at Popular Resort

Date: August 31st, 2011 | No Comments

An explosion injured an estimated 15 people at the Kemer resort in Antalya, a destination popular among foreign tourists. The explosive went off beneath the sand, sending pebbles flying around sun loungers and those on the beach. Most injuries were reportedly minor, with victims only having to receive emergency outpatient medical attention. Initial reports described [read more]

Turkey: British Tourist Falls to Death from Parasail in Antalya

Date: August 4th, 2010 | No Comments

A British tourist fell 150 feet to his death when his parasailing harness broke at a beach resort in Side, 47 miles from Antalya, July 24. The tragic incident was preceded by another British tourist almost falling from a shredding harness a month earlier when parasailing with the same company, which operates from a beach-side [read more]

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