Israel's Counter-Terrorism Bureau has issued a travel alert warning Israelis and Jews to avoid visiting Tunisia following "updated information" on terror plots, the Jerusalem Post reports. The Lag Ba'omer pilgrimage at the al-Ghriba synagogue on Djerba, which takes place on Thursday, is expected to attract thousands of visitors.
Girls walk the streets in Tunis wrapped in (Left to Right) the Salafist, Palestinian and Tunisian flags (photo: Reuters)
Tunisian Jews, and other Jews
visiting the North African country, traditionally celebrate the Hilula
festival of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai on Lag Ba'omer.
Counter-Terrorism Bureau said a Level 2 alert, meaning a concrete and
high threat is in place, has been issued for the country, adding, "The
recommendation is to avoid visiting Tunisia.”
In March, the
Counter-Terrorism Bureau warned that global jihadi elements likely will
seek to carry out additional attacks on Jewish and Israeli targets,
particularly in western and northern Europe.
The warning appeared in an annual travel advisory guide issued by the Bureau, which is a part of the Prime Minister’s Office.
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