Israel has issued a warning to its citizens, urging them to leave Turkey immediately due to the heightened threat of terrorist attacks. The advisory comes in the wake of widespread outrage over a missile strike on a hospital in the Gaza Strip. Israel’s National Security Council (NSC) raised the travel alert level for Turkey to the highest in its four-tier warning system.
The NSC stated that recent events have raised concerns about the increased motivation of terrorist actors and lone assailants to target Israelis in various countries worldwide. This warning comes as thousands of people gathered to protest outside the Israeli consulate in Istanbul. Demonstrators were outraged by the news that a missile strike on a hospital in the Gaza Strip had killed around 500 Palestinians.
Videos shared on social media showed some protesters launching fireworks at the consulate building, climbing on its fence, and attempting to set the building on fire. The situation outside the consulate remains tense as protesters express their anger over the attack on the hospital.
In addition to the alert for Turkey, the NSC also raised the risk level for Morocco to Level 2, citing the evolving threat landscape. Furthermore, the NSC reiterated its call to avoid non-essential trips to Arab countries and the states bordering Iran, specifically highlighting Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Azerbaijan.
The missile strike on the hospital in the Gaza Strip has sparked a wave of condemnation across the Arab world and beyond. Palestinian officials immediately blamed Israel for the attack, while the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that the hospital was destroyed by a rocket fired by one of the Palestinian militant groups.
Despite the differing claims, the tragedy has had significant repercussions. Amman, the capital of Jordan, responded by canceling a summit that was scheduled to involve the leaders of the United States, Jordan, Egypt, and the Palestinian Authority, which was meant to take place on Wednesday.
The situation between Israel and the Palestinians has been escalating since Hamas and allied militant groups carried out a surprise attack on Israel on October 7. In response, Israel has been conducting retaliatory strikes on Gaza. The escalation of violence has heightened tensions in the region and raised concerns about the potential for further attacks.
In light of these events, Israel’s warning to its citizens to leave Turkey immediately reflects the serious security threats in the region. The government is taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of its citizens and prevent any potential harm. It is important for Israeli citizens to heed this warning and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves during these uncertain times.