Report: Officials concerned about Israeli travel to UAE, Bahrain, Jordan and Egypt

While the threat of an Iranian attack remains high in Turkey, an Israeli TV channel reported on Sunday that senior officials were also concerned about travel to the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan and Egypt.

Israel has issued a series of repeated stern warnings to Israeli travelers in recent weeks to avoid traveling to Turkey, due to a real and immediate threat from Iranian cells seeking to kill or kidnap Israelis. He also said he foiled attempted attacks with the help of the Turkish authorities.

Channel 13, citing unnamed Israeli security officials, said Sunday that while the threat in other destinations is not concrete, dangers could soon emerge if Tehran becomes “desperate” to carry out an attack.

“I would recommend to the Israelis not to go there, and if they go there, they should be extra careful,” said an unnamed diplomatic source quoted by the media.

It was announced on Sunday that Foreign Minister Yair Lapid was to leave on Thursday for a brief trip to Turkey, where he will meet his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Channel 13 reported Sunday, without citing a source, that Israeli security officials have visited Turkey in recent days and shared with their Turkish counterparts “very detailed intelligence” Israel has on Iranian commandos in the army. interior of the country.

People take photos outside the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia, one of Istanbul’s top tourist attractions in Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet district, July 11, 2020. (Emrah Gurel/AP/File )

Channel 13 also reported that some squads had left Turkey, apparently as a result of Turkish and Israeli disruption efforts, but some operatives remain with a clear Iranian directive to kill Israelis. This report was also unsourced.

Since early last week, Israeli officials have issued urgent warnings that Iranian terror cells are seeking revenge for the killing of a senior Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps officer in May by targeting Israelis in Turkey.

Senior Israeli officials warned Friday there were ‘concrete’ threats that Iran was trying to carry out a terror attack against Israelis in Istanbul over the weekend, and urged all citizens to leave Turkey immediately. He also ordered those remaining in the city to stay in their hotels.

The warnings came amid unverified reports in the Hebrew press that Israeli and Turkish intelligence services had together already foiled several attacks planned by a wide network of Iranian operatives, nabbing some of the suspects.

It is currently estimated that there are around 2,000 Israelis in Turkey.

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