The federal government is urging Canadians in Turkey to keep calm and stay inside amidst a military effort to take over the country.
“Media reports indicate that a military operation is taking place in Istanbul and Ankara. Ataturk International Airport may also be affected. The situation is still developing,” the federal government states.
“If you are currently in the affected cities, you should remain indoors, restrict your movements, and monitor local media for developments.”
Clashes are ongoing, with local media reporting of as many as 17 people dead. Residents have taken to the streets in a show of support for the government, in some cases standing or lying down in front of tanks moving through the streets.
The Turkish government says the military effort has failed, however the situation remains volatile.
Information for Canadians in Turkey needing consular assistance was released in a series of tweets Friday:
- Canadians can call 90 (312) 409-2700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org,
- Canadians in or around Istanbul can also call 90 (212) 385-9700,
- Consular assistance can be requested from Turkey toll-free at 00800-14-220-0149.
Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion urged calm and order, tweeting he’s “very concerned.”
Canada does not have a nationwide advisory in effect for Turkey, however Canadians are advised to exercise a high degree of caution in the country, “due to crime, the threat of terrorist attacks and ongoing demonstrations throughout the country.”