The U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey informs U.S. citizens that shots fired and explosions have been heard in Ankara and both bridges in Istanbul, the Bosphorous and Fatih Sultan Mehmet, are now closed. Martial law and a curfew have been imposed in Turkey. All flights at Ataturk Istanbul Airport have been suspended. U.S. citizens in Turkey should shelter in place and stay indoors; we urge U.S. citizens to contact family and friends to let them know you are safe.
U.S. President Barack Obama spoke tonight by phone with Secretary of State John Kerry, who was on travel to Russia, to discuss the events in Turkey. The President and Secretary agreed that all parties in Turkey should support the democratically-elected Government of Turkey, show restraint, and avoid any violence or bloodshed. The Secretary underscored that the State Department will continue to focus on the safety and security of U.S. citizens in Turkey. The President asked the Secretary to continue to keep him updated as the situation unfolds.
In a statement, Secretary Kerry said, "The United States views with gravest concern events unfolding in Turkey. We are monitoring a very fluid situation. I spoke this evening to Foreign Minister Cavusoglu and emphasized the United States’ absolute support for Turkey’s democratically-elected, civilian government and democratic institutions. We urge all parties to ensure the safety and well-being of diplomatic missions and personnel and civilians throughout Turkey."
The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Turkey will continue to provide information to U.S. citizens in Turkey. For updates, go to the U.S. Embassy's website and Facebook page and follow @StateDept, @TravelGov, and @USEmbassyTurkey on Twitter.
For more information:
- Statement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on the Situation in Turkey, July 15, 2016
- Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Turkish Uprising, July 15, 2016
- International Travel: Country Page on Turkey