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Passover Travel Warning Issued to Israelis

April 15, 2016

by: Yoav Zitun

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Friday, 15 April 2016 | Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau on Tuesday issued travel warnings relating to credible threats against Israeli citizens in more than 30 countries. According to the Counter-Terrorism Bureau, it has identified potential threats against Israeli targets mainly in, although not restricted to, the Middle East and Africa. The warnings come ahead of the Jewish religious and national holidays of Passover, Independence Day, Shavuot and Lag B’Omer, all of which take place between April-June.

“It should be noted that there are no new travel warnings except that of Turkey, which was revised recently,” a statement released by the Counter-Terrorism Bureau noted. It went on to reference the deadly March 19 attack carried out by ISIS in Istanbul in which three Israeli tourists were killed in a terrorist bombing as evidence of the “high capabilities of carrying out further attacks.”

“Terrorist infrastructures in Turkey continue to advance additional attacks against targets – including Israeli tourists – throughout the country,” the statement added. The assessment concluded that in the wake of the threats identified, the existing travel warning vis-à-vis Turkey had been upgraded from a basic concrete threat to a high concrete threat reiterating “our recommendation to the public to avoid visiting the country and – for Israeli currently in Turkey – to leave as soon as possible.”

The Counter-Terrorism Bureau also urged Israelis located in the countries highlighted to remain alert particularly during the approaching Jewish holidays.

In addition to the threat posed by ISIS, the Counter-Terrorism Bureau also warned of potential terrorist activities by Boko Haram and Al-Shabab in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Nigeria and global Jihad organizations in Tunisia.

The warning further noted a “world terror campaign” launched by Hezbollah and Iran which, it said, “constitutes a continuing threat against Israelis and Jews throughout the world,” and listed the countries from which Israelis are forbidden to visit such as Syria, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

Very high concrete threats regarding travel to: Afghanistan, Libya, Sudan and Somalia.

High concrete threats regarding travel to: Algeria, Djibouti, Mauritania, Tunisia, Burkina-Faso, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Malaysia, Mali, Pakistan, Niger, Turkey and Togo.

Basic concrete threats regarding travel to: Bahrain, Egypt Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Continuing potential threats regarding travel to: Azerbaijan, Morocco, Oman, Kenya and Nigeria.

Posted on April 15, 2016

Source: (Excerpt of article originally published by Ynetnews on 12 April 2016. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)