Israelis warned of travel to Turkey over imminent terror threat

Israel’s Counter Terrorism Bureau cites intel showing militant groups intend to strike Israeli, Jewish institutions in the country in the next few days.

Israel’s Counter Terrorism Bureau warned Israeli citizens Tuesday against traveling to Turkey, citing intelligence that terror groups were planning attacks against Israeli or Jewish institutions in the country.

Istanbul police - Reuters - 1/3/2012

Police officers standing guard at the scene where a bomb explosion took place in central Istanbul March 1, 2012. - Photo by Reuters

According the warning, Israelis are asked to refrain from travel to Turkey over information of intent to go forward with the attack in next few days.

Last Wednesday, the Turkish daily Hurriyet reported that Mossad warned Turkey that Israeli diplomatic missions in the country could be the target of attacks, quoting a story aired on NTV news, in which it was reported that Israel’s main intelligence agency sent a letter to the National Intelligence Agency saying that the “Iranian Revolutionary Guards-Quds Force” is preparing to attack Israelis in Turkey

According to the report, four individuals have already “entered Turkey from Iran” with weapons and the materials to carry out the alleged attacks on Israeli diplomats.

New Delhi attack - AP - 14022012

The scene of Monday’s attack against an employee of the Israel Embassy in New Delhi. Eyewitnesses reported seeing a motorcyclist attaching a device to the car. - Photo by AP

Israeli diplomats have recently been targeted abroad. The wife of an Israeli diplomat was moderately wounded when a car bomb exploded outside of Israel’s embassy in the Indian capital of New Delhi last month. That same day there was also an attempted attack on Israel’s embassy in Georgia, but the car bomb was identified in time.

Shortly afterward, in an usual move, the United Nations Security Council unanimously condemned the recent attacks on Israeli representatives and diplomats in India and Georgia.


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By Barak Ravid