Turkish Foreign Ministry issues travel warning for Syria

The Foreign Ministry has warned Turkish citizens who have to use Syrian highways, pointing out that they should act with caution and be aware of the risks the situation poses to their security.

Turkish Foreign Ministry issues travel warning for Syria

The developments in Syria have begun to negatively affect the safety of the life and property of citizens who have been travelling from Turkey to various places in Syria, and those who have been passing through Syria in order to travel to other countries, the ministry said in a written statement released on Monday, on the eve of Eid al-Fitr, which begins on Tuesday.

"We advise our citizens who must use Syrian highways to act with caution and be aware of the risks until security conditions in the country improve, to travel during daytime and possibly as part of a convoy, to not take breaks in uninhabited places if they do not have to, to be alert in any case and to urgently contact our embassy in Damascus and/or our consulate in Aleppo if they encounter trouble," the ministry said.

Last week, a Turkish truck driver was killed by cross-fire from Syrian troops as they marched into restive areas of Deir al-Zour and Homs to subdue pro-democracy protests.

Tens of thousands of truckers enter Syria from Turkey each year since highways are the most convenient means to transport goods between these two countries, which were strong regional trade allies prior to the uprising.

Cihan

Last Mod: 29 Ağustos 2011, 16:56
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