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We are calling on Israelis not to fly to Istanbul: Israeli Foreign Min

On Monday, Israel urged its citizens to avoid Istanbul or to return home if already there, intensifying its earlier advisory against travel to Turkey and warning Iran not to attempt to kill or abduct Israeli citizens.

Following recent weeks’ events in Turkey and after a series of Iranian attempted terror attacks against Israelis on vacation in Istanbul, we are calling on Israelis not to fly to Istanbul – and if you don’t have a vital reason, don’t fly to Turkey. If you are already in Istanbul, return to Israel as soon as possible,” Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said during a press conference in Jerusalem.

The appeal by the foreign minister followed local media reports about the foiling of attacks on Israelis in Turkey that had been ordered by Tehran, which vowed reprisals for the assassination of an Iranian military official in Tehran last month.

Israelis should not visit Istanbul, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid warned on Monday, after the publication of reports that Israel and Turkey thwarted an Iranian terrorist attack in the city last month.

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The head of the Israeli Foreign ministry credited a “huge effort” by the security services for “saving Israeli lives in recent weeks”. He also thanked the Turkish government for its contribution.

He did not elaborate on who might carry out such attacks, but linked his advisory to Israel’s standoff with arch-foe Iran.

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Tehran blamed Israel for the May 22 killing of Hassan Sayad Khodai, an Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps colonel who was shot dead at the wheel of his car by two people on a motorcycle. Iran vowed retaliation.

Israel neither confirmed nor denied responsibility. It accused the colonel of having plotted attacks against its citizens worldwide.

Turkey is a popular tourist destination for Israelis and the two countries have been mending their ties after more than a decade of strained relations.

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