Turkish Citizens Banned From Attending Gallipoli Anzac Day Dawn Service
Turkish nationals have been banned from attending the Anzac Day dawn service in Gallipoli amid heightened security fears following the Christchurch and Sri Lanka terror attacks.
The Turkish Government has imposed a strict ban on locals near the Gallipoli Peninsula where the service will be held tomorrow.
Only registered foreigners including Australians and New Zealanders who have been cleared by security will be permitted to attend.
The service is expected to draw a crowd of 1200, which is approximately the same size as last year's dawn service despite safety concerns.
Hotel managers have reported that cancellations for room bookings for Anzac Day began immediately following the Christchurch massacre.
Turkey's President was widely criticised for warning that "anti-Muslim" Australians would be going home in coffins "like their grandfathers" after an Australian national shot 50 people dead in Christchurch mosques.
Turkey continues to be a target for IS attacks, with one plot foiled by counter-terrorism police just last month.
Most of the Anzac day tourists travel for a 12-hour round trip from Istanbul to make the ceremony that marks the death of 12,000 Australian and New Zealander soldiers that died on Lone Pine and Anzac Cove.