Nasrallah. Targeted Turkey?
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Report: Ankara embassy closed due to threats
Milliyet reports Israeli missions in Turkey were among those shut down for fear of Hezbollah attack

One of the diplomatic missions Israel shut down earlier this week due to threats from Hezbollah was its embassy in Turkey, the local Milliyet reported Thursday.


The Lebanese group had threatened revenge against Israel on the third anniversary of Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh's death, which caused a scramble to shut down missions considered to be in danger.


Israel had attempted to keep secret the locations evacuated, but the Milliyet revealed that "Israel temporarily shut down the consulate in Istanbul and the embassy in Ankara due to security needs and following threats by Hezbollah".


"The Israeli government acted in a similar fashion for the same reasons, in at least three other countries," the report added.


The paper also quoted a source in the Israeli consulate in Istanbul, who said that "the missions have been closed since Friday and it is unclear when they will reopen, due to an attack planned by Hezbollah as retaliation for Imad Mughniyeh's assassination".


In addition, a travel warning has been issued due to the threats on Israeli lives in Turkey, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, the Ivory Coast, Mauritania, and Venezuela.


Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah threatened Wednesday that his group would take over Israel's northern Galilee region in the next war. He also threatened to take vengeance for Mughniyeh's death with attacks on Israeli generals and army commanders.



פרסום ראשון: 02.17.11, 18:26
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