“High risk of attack”: Germany and the Netherlands closed their consulates in Istanbul

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Germany has warned its citizens in Istanbul that the risk of attack is particularly high in the central Beyoğlu district and around Taksim Square.

The German consulate in Istanbul will remain closed today Wednesday due to an increased threat of an attack in Istanbul, the German Foreign Ministry announced.

Germany warned its citizens in Istanbul that the risk of attack is particularly high in the central district of Beyoglu and around Taksim Square.

The ministry said the move to close the consulate was made after an “assessment by the security authorities” and called on German citizens to be especially careful and avoid places where there are large crowds.

The temporary closure of its consulate in Constantinople the Netherlands also announced earlier, after threats received by the diplomatic mission.

The representative of the Dutch diplomatic mission was not able to answer how long the consulate will remain closed.

Just a few days ago, Ankara strongly protested after its burning Koran from an extremist in The Hague. There was a lot of tension between the two countries, while there were also public statements by Turkish officials and politicians.

Germany, Sweden, Norway and Denmark, as well as the US, had already warned their citizens last week of an increased risk of attack in Turkey. The US on Monday updated its warning specifically mentioning Istanbul.

Turkey, for its part, has warned its citizens of attacks in Europe and the United States.

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