Anti-American protesters shouting “Yankee, go home!” roughed up three U.S. sailors in Istanbul near where a U.S. warship was docked on an inlet of the Bosphorus Strait in the Black Sea.
As many as 10 protesters shouted at them, calling them killers and said they should leave Turkey. The protesters, who carried a banner of the Youth Association of Turkey, threw red paint at them and briefly succeeded in putting white sacks over their heads.
A spokesman for the Youth Association, Melik Dibek, said the Americans confirmed they were U.S. servicemen.
A U.S. European Command spokesman says the sailors were not hurt.