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Terror warning for Anzac Day services at Gallipoli

April 7, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Both Australia and New Zealand advised their citizens yesterday that they had received intelligence suggesting terrorists may seek to target Anzac Day commemorations on the Gallipoli Peninsula later this month, 102 years after the Anzac Gallipoli landings in World War I.

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said that Turkish authorities were aware of this information “and traditionally provide a high level of protective security around Anzac Day commemorations on the peninsula.

“The level of our advice for the Gallipoli region remains unchanged. We continue to advise you to reconsider your need to travel to Ankara and Istanbul because of the high threat of terrorist attack. We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Turkey overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of Turkey.”

Anzac landing at Gallipoli. New Zealand troops move ashore

 

Nine days before Anzac Day, on 16 April 2017, Turkey will hold a national referendum on constitutional reform. DFAT advises that this will involve campaign rallies and probably demonstrations before the vote.

“Political tensions will be heightened. Avoid all political gatherings, protests and demonstrations. Even events intended to be peaceful may turn violent. Police may use tear gas and/or water cannons to disperse demonstrations. Follow local instructions, including curfews.

“Terrorists maintain an interest in attacking tourist destinations in Turkey and locations frequented by foreigners. These places include tourist sites in and around Izmir, Antalya (and nearby coastal areas), Istanbul, Ankara and Adana, as well as other locations in Turkey that are frequented by tourists. Attacks could take place anywhere at any time. More attacks in urban centres are expected. Exercise heightened caution in these areas.”

In New Zealand, that country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade advised caution when travelling in Turkey, including on the Gallipoli peninsula, due to the threat from terrorism and potential for civil unrest.

“New Zealanders throughout Turkey are advised to exercise a high degree of vigilance in public places, keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources, and follow any instructions issued by the local authorities at all times.”

Written by Peter Needham

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