Israel issues highest travel warning for Istanbul over possible attacks by Iran

TEL AVIV: Israel’s National Security Council has raised its travel warning for Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, to the highest level, citing possible attacks by Iran.
The warning comes amid the latest rise in tensions between Iran and Israel, the Xinhua news agency reported.
“Given the ongoing nature of the threat and in light of increased Iranian intentions to attack Israelis in Turkey, especially Istanbul, the National Security Council has raised the travel warning for Istanbul to its highest level, Level 4,” the statement said. Council in a statement. statement late Monday.
It called on Israelis currently in Istanbul to leave the city and Israelis planning to travel to Turkey to avoid doing so until further notice.
The statement noted that other areas in Turkey are under a level-3 or interim travel warning, advising Israelis to avoid “non-essential travel” to the areas.
Hours before the statement was issued, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid called on Israelis in Turkey to leave the country as soon as possible and called on others to cancel planned visits.
He added that the warning followed “a situation assessment” that discovered attempts by “Iranian forces” to kidnap or kill Israeli nationals in Turkey.
Israeli officials said on Sunday that Turkish authorities foiled an “Iranian conspiracy” to attack Israelis in Turkey last month.
Iran did not immediately comment on the allegations. Iran has accused Israel of killing on May 22 Hassan Sayyad Khodaei, an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps colonel who was shot and killed by two motorcyclists in eastern Tehran, and has vowed to avenge his death.

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