Travel warnings issued for Israelis in advance of holidays

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The “global terrorist campaign” by Iran and Hezbollah continues to threaten Israeli and Jewish targets around the world, Israel’s Counter Terrorism Bureau said in its annual list of travel warnings.

“Recent terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists over the past year in Belgium, Canada, Australia, France and Denmark raise concerns over additional attacks against Western targets, including Israeli and Jewish targets, by veterans of the fighting in Syria and Iraq who are affiliated with Global Jihad (including Islamic State) and by local and regional elements inspired by the terrorist organizations,” the warning issued Monday said.

A “severe travel warning” remains in effect for the Sinai Peninsula, the advisory said.

Some 27 countries were highlighted in the advisory, with security threats ranging from “potential” to “very high concrete threat.”

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The top countries on the most dangerous list, which advises to avoid all visits and to leave immediately, are Iran and Lebanon. They are followed by Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

The bureau, which recommends that Israelis remain alert while traveling abroad, is part of Israel’s National Security Council.

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