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Unknown fired at the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital of Ankara, early Monday morning, August 20. About it reports Reuters.
As told in police, the incident occurred at about 5:00. As a result, nobody was hurt. As noted, the Embassy is closed this week to mark the main Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha (Kurban-Bayram), the feast of the Hajj.
Currently, a search for the attackers, who immediately fled the scene on a white car. In total they made four or five shots in the direction of the Embassy. One of the bullets hit the window of the guard booth.
The attack happened on the background of aggravation of relations between Ankara and Washington. They worsened after August 1, the United States imposed sanctions on two Turkish Ministers: of internal Affairs and justice. It was a response to Turkey’s refusal to release the detained American pastor Andrew Brunson, who is suspected of spying and having links with the opposition Islamic preacher Fethullah gülen living in Pennsylvania. Ankara accuses him of organizing a coup attempt in July 2016.
In addition, on August 10, the President of the United States Donald trump announced the increase of duties on aluminium and steel from Turkey. After that, the Turkish Lira has updated a historic low set in 2001 — its exchange rate has fallen by 18 percent. Five days later, Turkey has increased the size of import duties on some American goods.
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