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May 14, 2021

Approximately 40 Romanians asked for consular support after the Istanbul terrorist attack

Romania’s General Consulate in Istanbul offers consular assistance for some 40 Romanian citizens who have asked for support in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks at the Ataturk international airport, being accommodated at the nearby hotels, the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informed in a release on Wednesday.

According to the source consular teams went Tuesday night to local hospitals to check whether there were Romanian nationals among victims.

“The Romanian citizens assisted by the Consulate are not injured, except for one person who has bruising to their legs, resulting from panic stampede. The life of this person is not in danger, and has been evacuated and checked in to a hotel shortly after the explosions. (…) The families in Romania of more than 20 Romanian nationals who were in the airport when the blasts occured were contacted by the General Consulate of Romania in Istanbul,” added the MAE.

Approaches are furthered to the Turkish authorities to check of any Romanian citizen dead or injured, at the same time keeping in touch with the Romanians accommodated in Istanbul or being in the airport’s free area.

“Efforts are made to identify solutions as soon as possible to send back to the country the Romanian citizens whose flights were canceled. The situation is permanently monitored by the MAE Central, a consular team within the MAE being prepared to travel to Istanbul if necessary to extend approaches of granting consular assistance to the Romanian nationals,” the release by the ministry adds.

The Romanian citizens and their relatives can call the General Consulate in Istanbul at+90 2123583541, +90 2123580516, +90 2123583537; the phone calls redirected to the Contact and Support Centre of the Romanian Citizens Abroad (CCSCRS) and taken over by Call Center operators 24/24, as well as the emergency mobile phone of the Romanian consular office in Istanbul + 90 5335420695. Last night, the MAE Call Center took 10 phone calls from the citizens in the airport in Istanbul, granting them the necessary assistance.

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