Israel issues travel warning on Turkey

Israel is calling on its citizens to stay away from Turkey because of intelligence warning of imminent attacks.

Last Updated: Mar 14, 2012, 11:43 AM IST

Jerusalem: Israel is calling on its citizens
to stay away from Turkey because of intelligence warning of
imminent attacks against sites frequented by Jews and Israelis
there.

The prime minister`s counterterrorism office issued the
warning yesterday. It said "terror groups are planning to
carry out attacks against Jewish and Israeli sites inside
Turkey in the coming days."

Last month Israel blamed Iran for attacks in Thailand and
India. An Israeli diplomat`s wife was wounded in India.

Israel and Turkey were once close allies, but in recent years
Turkey has preferred closer ties with the Arab and Muslim
world, cooling its relations with Israel. There have been
several high-profile spats between the two.

Turkey was a popular tourist destination for Israelis,
but that has sharply declined.

PTI