CTB issues Passover travel advisories (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yoav Zitun Published: 03.21.12, 21:00)
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Counter Terrorism Bureau warns Iran, Hezbollah may use coming holiday
to mount terror attacks against Israelis traveling abroad
The Counter Terrorism Bureau (CTB) issued Wednesday renewed travel
advisories to various destinations worldwide, prompted by the recent
terror attacked on Israeli targets in India, Georgia, Thailand and
the deadly attack on the Jewish school in Toulouse.
A top CTB source told Ynet that alerts suggesting Iran and Hezbollah
will try to target Israelis worldwide have become more
frequent. "It´s important to us to make clear that this reflects
accurate intelligence leads – this isn’t an attempt to simply cover
our basis. Some advisories have been known to foil potential terror
attacks," he said.
The CTB, however, had no intelligence suggesting the Toulouse
shooting was in the wings.
CTB experts said that given the failed attempts to seriously harm
Israelis in Baku, New Delhi and Bangkok, it was likely that terror
groups will now aim for "softer" targets, such as Israeli tourists,
or known tourist hubs abroad.
The CTB also issued an imminent-threat advisory pertaining to Sinai
and Turkey – which are still in effect.
CTB sources further expressed concern that terror groups will try to
use the coming Passover holiday – during which scores of Israeli
travel aboard – to target Israeli targets overseas, especially where
Passover seders are being held.
"The harder it is for terrorists to target official Israeli targets
overseas, like institutions and embassies, the more attempts we are
likely to see against tourists," a CTB source said. (Copyright 2012 ©
Yedioth Internet 03/21/12)
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