update deskIsrael at War

Israel tells citizens to leave Egypt, Jordan, avoid travel to Muslim nations

Israel has evacuated diplomats from several countries in the region.

Muslims raise Hamas flags on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, May 7, 2021. Photo by Jamal Awad/Flash90.
Muslims raise Hamas flags on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, May 7, 2021. Photo by Jamal Awad/Flash90.

Israel called on its citizens on Saturday to immediately leave Egypt and Jordan, two Arab countries with which it has peace treaties, over concerns Jews could be attacked there due to the conflict with the Hamas terrorist group.

“Given the ongoing war, we are witnessing a significant increase in anti-Israel protests in the past few days in countries around the world, and in particular Arab countries in the Middle East,” Israeli’s National Security Council and Foreign Ministry said in a joint statement.

“Hostility and violence have been displayed against Jewish and Israeli symbols. The rhetoric of global jihad has become more extreme, which is calling to harm Israelis and Jews around the world,” it added.

The travel alerts for Egypt (including Sinai) and Jordan were raised to Level 4 (high threat level), recommending Israelis to not visit these countries and for those already there to depart.

The travel alert for Morocco was raised to Level 3 with the recommendation to avoid any non-essential travel to the North African country.

The NSC also reiterated its call for Israelis to:

• Avoid travel to any Middle Eastern or Arab countries, including Türkiye, Egypt (including Sinai), Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco.

• Avoid travel to Muslim countries for which travel alerts have been issued, including Malaysia, Bangladesh and Indonesia, as well as Muslim countries with no travel alert, such as the Maldives.

The Foreign Ministry has evacuated diplomats from several countries in the region over fears for their safety.

Hamas terrorists killed at least 1,400 Israelis and wounded more than 4,500 in a massive offensive launched from Gaza on Oct. 7, which included the firing of thousands of rockets at Israel and the infiltration of the Jewish state by terrorist forces.

Two Israeli tourists and their local guide were shot dead in Egypt on Oct. 8.

Five days later, an Israeli embassy official was attacked in Beijing.

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