Israel Raises Travel Warning, Urges Its Citizens to Leave Turkey 'As Soon as Possible'

Recent bombing in Istanbul, in which three Israelis were killed, 'shows a high capability to carry out more attacks,' counter-terrorism bureau says.

ברק רביד - צרובה
Barak Ravid
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A security officer near the explosion site in Istanbul, March 19, 2016.
A security officer near the explosion site in Istanbul, March 19, 2016.Credit: AP
ברק רביד - צרובה
Barak Ravid

Israel issued a travel advisory on Monday urging its citizens to leave Turkey "as soon as possible." This is the  by the counter-terrorism bureau in the Prime Minister's Office in the past week.

The office said that a recent security assessment prompted the counter-terrorism bureau to raise the travel advisory from "level 3," a basic concrete threat, to "level 2," which signifies a high concrete threat.

The travel warning comes days after the Turkish government issued an alert for attacks against Jewish and Christian targets in the country.

Emergency services at the scene of an explosion in Istanbul, Turkey, March 19, 2016.
Emergency services at the scene of an explosion in Istanbul, Turkey, March 19, 2016.Credit: AP

"The deadly attack in central Istanbul, in which a group of Israeli tourists was hurt, once again demonstrates the high threat in Turkey posed by ISIS elements to tourist sites and shows a high capability to carry out more attacks," the counter-terrorism bureau said in a statement.

The statement noted that the threat exists "throughout Turkey" and specifically mentions a threat to Israeli tourists. "We recommend avoiding visiting Turkey, and to those in the country to leave as soon as possible."

and an Iranian were killed in a more than a week ago by a suspected ISIS militant. Prime Minister Netanyahu said after the attack that .

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