Israel's hit show Fauda was forced to move the set of its 5th season out of Ukraine and relocate to Hungary due to the ongoing crisis between Moscow and Kyiv, the production said on Wednesday.
Filming of Fauda in Israel wrapped in recent months and was to begin in Kyiv soon. Now filming will pick up in the Hungarian city of Budapest after growing concerns of Russian military action against Ukraine forced the production to scout for a new location.
According to the show's production, there is still no concrete date for when filming will begin as the alternative location was secured only recently.
The show's producers added that the decision to move out of Ukraine was made in order to ensure the crew’s safety amid growing tensions.
Fauda, or "chaos" in Arabic, was co-created by Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff and was originally produced by the Israeli satellite television platform and content provider Yes.
The show became a hit almost immediately after its first season first aired in Israel in 2015. It was picked up by online streaming service Netflix in 2016, where it is now being streamed to 190 countries under the "Netflix Original" label.
The show’s success was so widespread it had become the first-ever Israeli show to be dubbed into Farsi.
The show's Farsi version is aired on Manoto TV, an international Persian-language channel based in London available, among other places, also in Iran.
i24News contributed to this story.