Tourism may again be the “injured party” in a political scandal – tourists in Turkey have been warned about impending terrorist attacks. According to the Turkish press, statements at the Foreign Ministry level were made in several EU countries and the United States, referring to the statements of the German Foreign Ministry, as well as the French and US consulates, which issued an official warning to their tourists. But since the terrorist act does not analyze nationalities, caution will not hurt all tourists, including Russians, who are still the most massive tourists in Turkey.
All these statements were made for the same reason – terrorist attacks are feared after the burning of the Koran in Sweden, and then in Denmark and the Netherlands. For example, the German Foreign Ministry said in a statement: “The burning of the Koran in front of the Turkish embassy in Sweden has recently increased the risk of terrorist attacks in Turkey. Therefore, one should avoid being in crowded public places and be careful when visiting religious places of worship.” Recall that the same famous Hagia Sophia can be considered a “place of worship” after it was “requalified” as a mosque.
The US Consulate said in a statement: “Following the recent Quran burnings in Europe, the US government is warning its citizens of possible terrorist retaliatory attacks on places of worship in Turkey. They can attack with little to no prior warning.” Tourists were advised to primarily be vigilant “in areas frequented by Westerners”, as well as avoid crowded places and crowds, distrust strangers, and monitor the embassy website “for the latest warnings and messages for US citizens.” Almost the same advice is given to its citizens by the consulates of France and Spain.
An alert from the Italian consulate – this is interesting in itself – lists cities where tourists are advised to “be careful in places of worship and centers of religious associations”, especially in the case of religious ceremonies or political demonstrations. Among them are Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, as well as “the most famous tourist and coastal destinations.”
Italians also remind their tourists about the November terrorist attack in Istanbul. Recall, then, on November 13, 2022, at 4 pm on the popular tourist street Istiklal in Istanbul. According to preliminary data, the explosion killed 6 people, 81 people were injured, two of them seriously. Russians were among the victims (details can be found here). The risk of “falling under the distribution” of Russian tourists is high this time as well.
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