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Israel Warns Citizens Against Travel to UAE Over Threats of Iranian Attacks

03-30-2021
In this photo taken with a slow shutter speed, traffic speeds down the Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, July 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
In this photo taken with a slow shutter speed, traffic speeds down the Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, July 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

JERUSALEM, Israel – Israel is advising its citizens not to travel to countries in the region, including the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, over fears that Iran will target them.

The warning comes just months after Israel signed the Abraham Accords, formally establishing ties with the UAE and several Muslim-majority nations. Other countries to avoid include Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and the Kurdish region of Iraq.

“We estimate that Iran will continue to operate in the near future to harm Israeli targets,” Israel’s National Security Agency said in a statement.

The agency said Iran was responsible for a bombing attack near the Israeli embassy in India in January.

“Officials in India have determined that Iran was behind the bombing,” the statement said.

The agency warned that “global jihadist organizations, with a special emphasis on the Islamic State,” are showing a “high motivation” to launch attacks around the world, including places where Israelis frequently visit.

The coronavirus has hampered most travel, but after a successful vaccination campaign, Israel is opening up its economy again and allowing outbound travel.

Tourism in the country is expected to resume later this year.

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