July 26, 2016 / 8:27 AM / a year ago

U.S. Embassy says family of staff authorised to depart Turkey

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The U.S. Embassy in Ankara said on Tuesday the State Department has authorised the voluntary departure of employees’ family members in Turkey after a failed military coup.

Supporters of various political parties gather in Istanbul's Taksim Square and wave Turkey's national flags during the Republic and Democracy Rally organised by main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Turkey, July 24, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Turkey’s declaration of a state of emergency also prompted the State Department to change the status, the Embassy said in an e-mailed security message to Americans resident in Turkey.

“During this period, U.S. citizens in Turkey may see an increase in police or military activities and restrictions on movement,” it said.

Reporting by Ayla Jean Yackley; Editing by David Dolan

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