Sinai. 'Leave now'
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Bangkok. 'Concrete threat'
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Counter-Terrorism Bureau: Hizbullah kidnapping threat still exists

Bureau advises Israelis to be cautious abroad, refrain from visiting Arab countries

The Counter-Terrorism Bureau warned Israelis Sunday against visiting Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Sudan and Somalia. In a travel advisory issued ahead of Rosh Hashana, the bureau defined the risk level in these countries as "high and concrete," and urged Israelis who are currently there to leave the country immediately.


Bureau officials stressed that the warnings were part of an updated review, which is being published twice a year.


According to the warning, Israelis abroad were still at risk of being kidnapped by Hizbullah. Travelers are therefore advised to reject any tempting or unexpected offer abroad, turn down unforeseen gifts or invitations from unknown or suspect people, and make sure not to show up for meetings unescorted.


Other places that were named as risky for travelers are the Kashmir region, the island of Midanao in the Philippines, and the Chechnya region in Russia.


The Khao San Road in the Thai capital Bangkok and southeast Turkey were rated as areas of "ongoing potential threat," and Israelis were called on to avoid visiting them.


The bureaus also recommended that tourists exercise caution in the Philippines, Thailand, Turkey and Uzbekistan.


פרסום ראשון: 08.05.07, 21:01
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