Israel fears Hezbollah behind terror threats on its embassies
Israeli embassies around the world received several terror threats, allegedly from Hezbollah; Foreign Ministry considering temporarily closing the embassies, instructing Israeli diplomats to stay home.
Israeli embassies throughout the world have received several suspected terror threats, the Israel Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday.
The threats against the embassies are allegedly from Hezbollah to avenge the murder of Imad Mughniyah on the third anniversary of his death.
Imad Mughniyah was killed when his car exploded in 2008 and Hezbollah blames Israel for his assassination, despite Israel's denial of any involvement.The threat is believed to be directed at embassies in Africa, Southeast Asia and Caucasus.
The Foreign Ministry has assured the public that security officials are handling the matter and all necessary precautions are being taken. The ministry is considering temporarily closing the embassies under threat altogether and instructing the Israeli diplomats to stay home.
The Israel Counter Terrorism Bureau issued a warning Friday morning to Israeli travelers in anticipation of threats resulting from the anniversary of the assassination.
The bureau cautioned the Israeli public that because of the increased threat of terror attacks against Israelis abroad, travels certain destinations should be avoided, including Egypt, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Côte d'Ivoire, Mauritania and Venezuela.
Israelis were also being discouraged from traveling in the near future to hotspots in which there is a high concentration of Israelis, and strongly advised adhering to security guidelines from local authorities.