ISTANBUL, Turkey – U.S. military officials confirmed that three American sailors were attacked on Wednesday by a political group in Turkey.
Video posted by members of the Turkish Youth Union showed a group of about 20 people surrounding the sailors, screaming at them and throwing orange paint at them.
The group also put plastic bags over the sailors’ heads.
It was a reference to an incident in Iraq in 2003 when U.S. forces detained a Turkish special forces unit and interrogated them with hoods over their heads for 60 hours.
The U.S. Navy released a statement, saying the sailors were able to escape the attackers and returned to their ship without any injuries.
The sailors are assigned to the USS Ross, which is currently at port in Istanbul.
The Navy says that it is working with the U.S. Embassy and the Turkish National Police to investigate the incident.
Despite being NATO- allies, anti-American sentiments run deep throughout parts of Turkey.