Israel Issues Travel Warning Urging Citizens to Refrain From Visiting Turkey

Israel's anti-terror bureau issues new travel warning after recent spate of terror attacks in Istanbul and Ankara.

The caskets of the three Israeli victims being raised onto an IDF plane, Istanbul,March 20, 2016.
IDF Spokesman's Office

Following the recent terror attacks in Turkey, Israel's counter-terrorism bureau in the Prime Minister's Office issued a new travel warning on Sunday urging Israelis to refrain from traveling to Turkey.

The statement said that in the past two months there has been a significant rise in the threat of terror in Turkey, with an emphasis on suicide bombings by the Kurdish PKK underground group and Islamic State, particularly in Istanbul and the capital, Ankara.

The statement said that in the past two months there has been a significant rise in the threat of terror in Turkey, with an emphasis on suicide bombings by the Kurdish PKK underground group and Islamic State, particularly in Istanbul and the capital, Ankara.  

Following the assessment that took place at the counter-terrorism bureau after the bombing in Turkey over the weekend in which three Israeli citizens were killed, it was decided to make the warning more stringent, raising it from Level 4, an ongoing potential threat, to Level 2, a basic concrete threat.

"For fear of more attacks, we recommend Israelis to avoid visiting Turkey," the statement said.

People light candles at the site of a blast on Istiklal Street in central Istanbul on March 19, 2016.
AFP

The Israeli victims of the blast have been identified as 60-year-old Simcha Damari, Jonathan Shor and Avraham Goldman.

Two planes carrying five wounded Israelis landed in Tel Aviv overnight and on Sunday morning. Another five wounded Israelis, in moderate and serious condition, remain in Istanbul hospitals under Magen David Adom medical supervision. They are set to be transported to Israel on Sunday afternoon. 

Injured people get assistance on the scene of an explosion on the pedestrian Istiklal avenue in Istanbul on March 19, 2016.
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