The German Embassy and all consular missions in Turkey were closed today following information of an acute threatened attack, according to German paper Bild. The closure was carried out as a precaution and to protect employees, teachers and students.
As Bild adds, during the Turkish holidays therefore the diplomatic missions, but also the German schools until September 16 only limited reach and closed to the public, was reported from the Foreign Office.
As BILD found, there are indications of possible terrorist attacks. The closure was carried out as a precaution and to protect employees, teachers and students.
This closure follows some controversy over a Twitter account from the German embassy in Ankara that followed Gulenists...
A Twitter account used by the German Embassy in Ankara (@GermanyinTurkey) was following Twitter accounts linked to the Gülenist putschists, until Turkish journalist Yusuf Özhan (@Yusuf_Ozhan) drew attention to the social media connection, after which the embassy account unfollowed these accounts.
After the failed coup on July 15, Özhan noticed that the Twitter account used by the German Embassy in Ankara was following the account of a colonel involved in the Gülenist putsch, Ömer Kulaç (@kula_mer). “German Embassy follows putschist colonel Ömer Kulaç” Yusuf Özhan wrote on Twitter on July 20. This was not the only Gülenist-linked account which the German Embassy account followed.
As of July 20, the German Embassy was following 868 accounts, 50 of these linked to members of the Gülenist Terror Organization (FETÖ). The following day, the embassy started to clean its Twitter account.
This is not the first time the Germans have closed the embassy. Back in March, the school and embassy was closed following a terror threat warning that was “not conclusively verifiable.”