Israel has sent out an urgent warning to its citizens in Istanbul: take shelter and lock yourselves up, for a terrorist attack is imminent.
Israel Issues Terror Warning For Israelis In Istanbul
All week we’ve been hearing rumblings about a planned terrorists attack by Iranian agents targeting Israelis in Istanbul, the largest city in Türkiye. On Monday, Israelis were urged to to leave the country immediately and avoid non-essential travel to the Turkish Republic. Israel’s National Security Council (NSC) raised the threat level for Istanbul to Level 4 (putting it on par with Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, and Yemen). The move comes after Israelis assassinated an Iranian officer in Tehran, prompting threats of violent retribution.
As the sabbath began on Friday evening, those warnings became all the more urgent. Israel’s former permanent representative to the United Nations (currently World Likud Chairman), Danny Danon, issued an urgent warning of danger to Israelis in Istanbul:
Iranian agents are trying to hunt down innocent Israeli civilians this evening in Istanbul, Turkey. If any Israeli citizens will be harmed, it would bear heavy implications upon the murderous regime in Teheran.
— Ambassador Danny Danon | דני דנון (@dannydanon) June 17, 2022
The NSC has warned:
Hotel rooms should be kept locked when inside and the door should not be opened to strangers who might be posing as staff or delivery people
Several Iranian cells embedded in Istanbul are thought to be have been activated and are hunting for Israelis. Meanwhile, Turkish and Israeli forces are working together to find and stop the cells, though Türkiye has not been pleased with the alarmist warnings from Israel, which it fears will scare away visitors from outside Israel.
In any case, this is quite an harrowing message and I wanted to pass it along, as I know I even have Jewish Award Expert clients in Istanbul now. Be safe out there.
Hopefully this is just an overabundance of caution, but Israel continues to warns its citizens that they face an imminent risk of attack in Istanbul. Istanbul is one of my favorite cities in the world, but do exercise elevated caution if your travels take you there in the days ahead.
(H/T: Paddle Your Own Kanoo)