Turkey's Foreign Minister on Friday described an assault on U.S. sailors in Istanbul this week as reprehensible and vowed that the attackers would "pay the price for their actions." Members of the nationalist Turkish Youth Union attacked three U.S. sailors on a crowded street in Istanbul on Wednesday, shouting "Yankee go home", throwing paint and trying to pull hoods over their heads. Twelve people were detained but released by an Istanbul court on Thursday. Anti-American sentiment is running high in Turkey, with a recent poll indicating only 19 percent of Turks have a favorable view of the United States. Diplomatic relations between the two countries have been strained since the U.S.'s criticism over Turkey's crackdown on anti-government protests and most recently the country's unwillingness to fight against Islamic State.