Israel Warns Citizens To Leave Istanbul Over Iran Attack Threats

Israel’s Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid on Monday called on citizens in Istanbul, Turkey to leave “as soon as possible” over a potential Iran attack threat. 

Speaking at a Yesh Atid faction meeting, Lapid said that Iranian operatives are actively planning attacks on Israelis in Istanbul. “The danger is real and immediate. Anyone can be targeted. Iran is attempting to launch attacks against Israelis vacationing in Istanbul,” Lapid warned.

Lapid said Israelis should avoid unnecessary travel to Turkey at the moment, calling on those who are already in Istanbul to return to Israel immediately.

“No vacation is worth your lives and I call on you to cancel all planned travel to Istanbul,” Lapid told his fellow citizens.

While thanking the government of Turkey for its efforts to protect the Israeli tourists, Lapid said that Ankara understands that some risks “are too dangerous.”

In his message to Iran, Lapid warned that “anyone who harms Israelis will not go free, and Israel will find them wherever they are.”

Lapid hoped that the travel warning might not last long, and the Israelis can enjoy traveling to Turkey.


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