US Embassy in Ankara to be closed March 5 due to security threat

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The US Embassy in Ankara / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

The US Embassy in Turkey’s capital of Ankara will be closed to the public on Monday due to a security threat, and only emergency services will be provided, it said in a statement on Sunday, Reuters reported.

The embassy advised US citizens in Turkey to avoid large crowds and the embassy building and to be aware of their own security when visiting popular tourist sites and crowded places. It did not specify what the security threat that prompted the closure was.

Visa interviews and other routine services will be cancelled on Monday, the embassy said, adding that it would announce its reopening once it resumes services.

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