Germany and Italy have joined the growing list of Western countries having their consulates in Istanbul temporarily closed over security concerns, as Türkiye is on high alert against possible retaliation for the Holy Quran burning incidents in several European countries.

Iran PressEurope: The German Embassy in the capital Ankara announced on social media that the consulate in Istanbul was closed on Wednesday for security concerns. Meanwhile, the Italian Consulate General in Istanbul issued a statement on its website saying the consulate would be closed on Thursday.

According to Xinhua, the first to close its consulate in Istanbul was the Netherlands, which took the move on Monday.

The British Consulate General in Istanbul has been also closed to the public since Tuesday.

France and the United States have also issued travel warnings for Türkiye following the Holy Quran burning incidents.

On Monday, the Turkish Interior Ministry announced that it had raised its security measures to the highest level against possible ISIS and al-Qaeda retaliation.

"Evaluations were made against all possible provocations, and our security measures were maximized after the sinister actions against our holy book, the Quran, in Sweden, the Netherlands, and Denmark," read a statement by the ministry.

Earlier, a Dutch politician tore apart a copy of the Holy Qur'an in the city of the Hague. It followed an incident in Sweden where a politician burned a copy of the Holy Quran outside the Turkish embassy.

The politician committed the scandalous act after receiving permission from Swedish authorities.

This inhumane act of the European citizen was strongly condemned by the Muslim countries.

The West's provocative acts, including insults to the Islamic values, have hurt peoples' feelings. What the West has always sought is to fuel tensions among nations.


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