Ahead of High Holidays, Israel warns travelers of kidnapping threat

The Times of Israel reports: “Israel issued an updated set of travel warnings on Thursday ahead of September’s Jewish High Holidays, placing a particular emphasis on the threat of kidnapping by Iranian-backed groups abroad and by Hamas.

The warnings, put out by the the National Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau, indicated that Iranian forces and their proxies are continuing their efforts to contact Israelis abroad under the guise of businessmen in order to kidnap them. Jews and Israelis in countries bordering Iran, or in Africa or the Mediterranean Basin, face a particular threat from Iranian operatives, said the directive.

The NSC also issued a warning that Iran-linked Hamas is trying to target Israelis abroad and that Israeli intelligence agencies managed to thwart such an attack in an unidentified foreign country, Channel 12 reported…”

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