Counter-Terrorism Bureau Issues Travel Warning to Turkey

March 13, 2012  

The Counter-Terrorism Bureau issued a warning to Israelis on Tuesday, asking them to refrain from visiting Turkey in the coming days.

The warning said that Israel has received intelligence information, according to which terrorists intend to carry out an attack against Israeli and Jewish targets in Turkey sometime in the next several days.

Last week, a Turkish media report said that Israel had warned Turkish authorities that Iran was organizing attacks on Israeli diplomats in that country.

The warning was reportedly sent by the Mossad to Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency (MİT) in a letter, which said that an Iranian group operating in Turkey was planning the attacks.

The report in Turkey’s Hürriyet Daily News said that the Mossad warned Turkish security officials that at terrorists associated with a group called the “Iranian Revolutionary Guards-Quds Force” had entered the country. MIT did not confirm or deny the report, but Turkey’s NTV said that four individuals “have entered Turkey from Iran” and had come equipped with weapons that could be used in an attack on Israeli diplomats.

The warnings about Turkey come after last month’s terror attack near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi, India.

Tal Yehoshua Koren, the wife of a diplomat stationed with the Israeli Defense Ministry mission in India, was injured when a bomb exploded on the back of the diplomat’s car in which she was riding. The same day, a car bomb was discovered on a diplomat’s car in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Earlier this week, Turkey strongly condemned Israel over its air strikes in Gaza over the weekend, but conveniently forgot to condemn the Gaza terrorists for continuously hitting southern Israel with rockets and mortars.

A statement released by the Turkish Foreign Ministry noted that the ministry strongly condemns what it termed the “disproportionate and indiscriminate retaliatory attacks on Gaza that cause death to Palestinian civilians.”

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