Saudi Arabia issues alert to citizens in Turkey after robbery incident
Unidentified gunmen reportedly shot at and robbed a group of Saudis in Istanbul's Sisli district
Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Turkey has warned its citizens to take care after unidentified gunmen robbed and shot at a group of Saudis in Istanbul this weekend, according to media reports.
According to Al Arabiya, Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry said the tourists were at a café in the Turkish capital’s Sisli district when gunmen stole their belongings and shot at them with a firearm, sister title Arabian Business reported.
One Saudi was reportedly wounded in the incident, although it is unclear how severe his injury is.
The embassy has asked that Saudi nationals in Turkey exercise caution and to avoid going to Istanbul’s Taksim Square and Sisli areas at night.
In July, Saudi officials issued another alert for citizens travelling in Turkey following a spate of thefts of Saudi passports.
At the time, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported that a total of 165 Saudi passports were stolen from three tourist areas in Istanbul over a four month period.
“After some citizens who arrived in the Republic of Turkey on tourism were stopped by authorities for not carrying their original passports, the embassy notes the necessity for citizens to hold on to their original passports and prevent tis loss, damage or theft,” the embassy and foreign ministry said in a statement on Twitter.
Recently, data from Federation of Hotel Owners in Turkey revealed that the number of tourists from Saudi Arabia visiting Turkey declined by 33.2%.