Monday, March 28, 2016

Israel Alerts Its Citizens to Leave Turkey Fast; Warns Turkish IS Cells Seek to Attack Israelis

Israel's Counter-Terrorism Bureau at the Prime Minister's Office today (March 28, 2016) issued a travel warning, calling on the public to avoid visiting Turkey and urging Israelis currently there to leave as soon as they can, according to the Times of Israel website.

The warning -- which raised the terror risk in Turkey from level 3 (basic concrete threat) to level 2 (high concrete threat) -- came in the wake of a terror attack in central Istanbul on March 19, in which three Israelis were killed and several others wounded. (See "Turkey: Istanbul Suicide Bomber Was IS Member...," Theology and Society, March 21, 2016)

That attack -- the PMO said in a statement -- underscored the threat emanating from Islamic State (IS) cells that seek to attack tourism sites and proved that IS has "high capabilities of carrying out further attacks."

Israelis in Turkey should "leave as soon as possible," the statement added.

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