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Israel calls on citizens to ‘immediately leave Turkey’


Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Unit once again upgraded its travel warning to Turkey on Friday, urging Israelis currently in the country “to leave Turkey as soon as possible.”

The upgraded and urgent warning, set at level two (indicating a high level, concrete threat) comes on the heels of a warning issued by Turkish authorities a week and a half ago of an ISIS plan to attack Jewish targets in the country, including synagogues, Jewish schools and kindergartens.

Turkish police arrested six ISIS terrorists in the city of Gaziantep who reportedly planned an attack against the Great Synagogue in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district, which is located alongside a Jewish community center and school.

“This is more than a credible threat, it’s an active plot,” a Turkish intelligence official told Sky News. He said Turkish police decided to further bolster its security around Jewish institutions as a result.

“We don’t know when the attack was planned to occur. It could happen in the next 24 hours or in the next few days,” he added.

The Counter-Terrorism Unit decided to issue its call on Israelis to leave


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