Security tightens as Turkey set to host G20 Summit

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Baku, November 8, AZERTAC

A favorite Mediterranean destination of both foreign and domestic tourists, Antalya's Serik province will house the 13,000 visitors attending the G20 Summit, according to Daily Sabah.

The summit will take place Nov.15-16 and provide a major security test for Turkey. This will be the first G20 summit Turkey has hosted since assuming the G20 presidency last year.

Authorities say security for the summit will be high as U.S. President Barack Obama, European Union leaders, Russian and Chinese leaders and other important heads of state will be in attendance.

It is an "extraordinary" situation for Antalya, Governor Muammer Turker said. The city will deploy 12,000 security personnel to protect the summit's 13,000 visitors.

The hotels housing the summit's attendees will be separated from the rest of the neighborhoods and only accredited visitors will be granted access to the area. Governor Türker said they installed more than 350 new cameras, license plate and facial recognition systems in the area to prevent unauthorized access.

Coast Guard boats will be deployed off the coast of Antalya to prevent any security threats from sea. Officials are also considering establishing a no-fly zone over the area.

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