Gov’t Reiterates Travel Warning on Turkey, Sinai

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A plane takes off from Ben Gurion International Airport. Photo by Moshe Shai/FLASH90
A plane takes off from Ben Gurion International Airport. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)

Israel’s National Security Council on Tuesday issued a travel warning in advance of Pesach, covering the dangers Israelis may face if they travel abroad for the holiday or afterward. According to the warning, there is a high certainty that Islamist terrorist groups, including IS, will, chalilah, try to carry out terror attacks targeting Israelis.

The main areas of danger include Sinai and Turkey. However, the Council also urged “extreme caution” for Israelis traveling in Europe; the successful attacks in Belgium and Turkey last month, the warning said, have whetted the appetite of terrorists for more “successes,” and with groups of Israelis set to travel to hotels and resorts throughout Europe for Pesach, the risk is set to increase significantly.

The Council urged Israelis abroad to “be extremely aware of their surroundings. Despite a lack of concrete information about attacks or targets, Israelis, and especially groups, are advised to follow the detailed safety precautions specified by the Council,” which include changing travel or transportation patterns, remaining with the group at all times, and generally keeping a low profile.

Two weeks ago, three Israelis were killed and 15 were injured in an attack on a central street in Istanbul, as a suicide bomber set off an explosion near a group of Israeli tourists. Turkish police said that the bomb was set off by a suicide bomber who was trained by IS.