Security leaders in Tel Aviv issued updated travel warnings to countries neighboring Iran in wake of Tehran’s threats to retaliate against the assassination of its top nuclear scientist last week.
Azerbaijan, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Turkey and Armenia are the countries considered by the National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Bureau as unsafe states and nationals aren’t advised to visit unless in urgent cases.
According to Ynetnews, the Israeli security officials fear that Iran might target Israeli nationals in the UAE and Bahrain, in addition to other neighboring countries in retaliation for the assassination.
A high-ranked official at the Bureau said that the warning issued a few weeks ago is no longer sufficient, following the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
Up to 50,000 Israelis are expected to visit the UAE in December for tourism and business purposes, so the warning had to be stressed.
"Given the presence and activities of terrorist organizations, there are tangible threats to the safety of Israeli citizens visiting/staying in the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain,” said a statement released by the National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Bureau.
The Bureau warned its citizens to avoid visiting the UAE and to leave it at the soonest.
There are currently thousands of Israelis in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, most of whom arrived on FlyDubai flights.