Turkey issues warning over travel to US after Trump protests

ANKARA: Turkey warned its citizens about travel to the United States on Saturday in response to what the foreign ministry called increasingly violent protests against President-elect Donald Trump.

"Within the context of risks caused by the incidents and of social tension, our citizens who live in the US, or who are considering travelling there, should be cautious," the ministry said in a statement.

Demonstrators planned to gather again on Saturday in US cities nationwide to protest against Trump, whose election they say poses a threat to their civil and human rights, a day after a protester was shot in Portland, Oregon.

Last month, the US State Department updated its travel warning on Turkey, ordering family members of consulate employees in Istanbul to leave the country, citing threats against US citizens.

There has been growing tension between the two NATO allies after repeated calls from Turkey to extradite US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara blames for a failed coup in July.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Wednesday he hoped for an improvement in bilateral ties after Trump's victory, and again called for Gulen's extradition.