Shots were fired at the U.S. embassy in Turkey Monday amid escalating tensions between the two countries over an American pastor.
The six shots from an unidentified car hit a window but did not injure anyone, The Washington Post reported.
American pastor Andrew Brunson was arrested in 2016 on charges that he supported an attempted coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Brunson and the Trump administration say the charges are baseless.
Brunson, under house arrest, leads a Protestant congregation in the predominantly Islamic nation.
After Trump imposed sanctions on Turkey earlier this month, prices on basic goods skyrocketed, NBC’s Richard Engel reported. Eggs cost 20 percent more. Bottled water has doubled in price. The local economy is “tanking,” Engel said.
“Customers aren’t coming,” a shop owner told Engel.
It is the country’s worst economic crisis in 20 years.
But Turkey isn’t backing down, and Erdogan has called for a boycott of U.S. products. Some residents smashed iPhones as a show of protest.
Trump is threatening more sanctions if Brunson isn’t released.
“He’s a wonderful man, Pastor Brunson,” Trump told reporters Friday. “They made up this phony charge. We are not going to take it sitting down. They can’t take our people.”
Michael Foust is a freelance writer. Visit his blog, MichaelFoust.com.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, The Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.