Israel NSC issues High Holiday travel warning

| August 11, 2009

The Counter-Terrorism Bureau issued a warning Tuesday against traveling to Sinai at the current time and during the upcoming holidays in September.

The bureau stressed that "Hezbollah continues to accuse Israel of the death of Imad Mughniyeh, which increases threats of terror made by Hezbollah towards Israeli targets abroad".

The bureau warns of kidnapping and injury of Israelis abroad, stressing especially the threat to businessmen who have contact with colleagues from Arab or Muslim countries.

Among the countries listed under "very serious concrete threat" are Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Yemen, and Afghanistan. Colombia is considered dangerous "only for Israelis rendering security services to the Colombian government". Israelis currently staying in these countries are urged to leave immediately.

The list also includes a number of specific regions in countries considered safer for travel, such as Sinai, where a large Hezbollah cell was recently exposed. Chechnya, Kashmir, and the Mindanao Islands of the Philippines are also listed.

The bureau also warns against visiting countries listed under "serious concrete threat", which include Algiers, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Pakistan.,7340,L-3760375,00.html

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Category: CSI Security Alerts, Synagogue/Jewish Security