Seven Turks attacked American soldiers Wednesday and attempted to put bags over their heads in the southern province of Antalya, Hurriyet daily news reported.
The attackers, members of the Turkish Youth Association (TGB), verbally attacked the American soldiers, who reportedly had left an aircraft carrier anchored to a port in Antalya as they went on land to shop.
Police intervened and detained the seven men during the incident. The men were later released.
A group of TGB members gathered in front of the police station to protest their detention.
A group member said they initiated the provocation in response to the deaths of two Turkish soldiers who were killed when a Turkish jet was downed off the coast of Syria June 22, the daily reported.