Iran issues travel alert for Turkey

TEHRAN, Aug. 08 (MNA) – An Iranian official warned citizens of Islamic Republic traveling to Turkey, as an Iranian bus was hit by terrorists on Friday.

"We advise Iranian citizens to be wary of the current situation in Turkey and avoid unnecessary travels to the terrorists-stricken country," said Mohammad Javad Atrchian, the General Manager of Tariff and Transit office of Iran’s Roads Transportation Organization.

Recounting the rampage in Çaldıran city in Turkey, the official told Mehr News Agency’s reporter that an Iranian bus passed through Iranian border city of Bazargan at 5:00 am on Friday with 15 passengers and on its way to Van city of Turkey was stopped at Çaldıran where a group of unidentified terrorists hit the driver on his head and set two trucks on fire.

Atrchian added that fortunately the passengers were not hurt and the bus went to nearest safe place driven by the assistant driver.

Last week, also in Turkey, two Iranian trains in opposite directions were targeted by terrorists and happily again no passenger was hurt in both incidents.

Lamenting the insecurity in Turkey, Atrchian added that Iran had asked the Turkish officials to restore security of transit channels between the two countries and if they were unable to safeguard the roads, they had to escort the Iranian vehicles in turkey.

The Iranian official also notified the truck drivers to avoid driving at night and to travel along in columns to lessen the chance of terrorists’ attacks.

Following the incidents, Turkey says the country has witnessed a serious drop in the number of foreign visitors this year, amid growing security concerns in the recent past.

Figures from the Turkish Tourism Ministry released in last week showed that over the past six months, foreign arrivals fell by 2.25 percent to 14.89 million people.

In recent months, Western countries including the United States, Britain and Germany have issued travel advisories to their citizens visiting Turkey.

The US embassy in Turkey warned its citizens traveling to the country to “maintain a high level of vigilance” by avoiding spontaneous demonstrations or gatherings and being aware of their surroundings. It also warned US citizens to avoid traveling to southeastern Turkey if possible.


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