Israel Issues Alert Over Hezbollah Plans to Attack or Kidnap Israelis Abroad

Israel Counter Terrorism Bureau strongly advised avoiding particular destinations on the anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah strongman Imad Mughniyah.

The Israel Counter Terrorism Bureau issued a warning Friday morning to Israeli travelers in anticipation of threats resulting from the anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah officials Imad Mughniyah and Abbas al-Masawi, both of which were allegedly perpetrated by Israel.

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.

Imad Mughniyah  - Reuters
A TV grab from al-Manar Hezbollah TV shows an undated portrait of slain leader Imad Mughniyah February 13, 2008.Reuters

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.

Israel assassinated al-Masawi, the then secretary-general of Hezbollah in 1992 and Imad Mughniyah was killed when his car exploded in 2008. Hezbollah blames Israel for his death.

The United States applauded the assassination of Mughniyah when he was killed in Damascus, and called him a cold-blooded murderer responsible for many deaths.

"The world is a better place without this man in it. He was a cold-blooded killer, a mass murderer and a terrorist responsible for countless innocent lives lost," said then State Department spokesman Sean McCormack. "One way or another he was brought to justice."

Israel has denied any role in Mughniyah's assassination.