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Israeli travelers warned of Ramadan threats

"Incitement to terrorist attacks around the world is increasing, one must take responsibility and act in accordance with travel warnings," said Israel's National Security Council.

A row of El Al airplanes. Credit: Courtesy.
A row of El Al airplanes. Credit: Courtesy.

Israel’s National Security Council on Wednesday issued a travel warning for citizens during the month-long Muslim holiday of Ramadan, which begins on Sunday evening.

Citing an increase in incitement to commit terrorist attacks, the NSC called on travelers to “take responsibility” and act in accordance with travel advisories.

The travel warning comes as Israel’s security establishment braces for a possible escalation of violence during the holiday in light of the country’s ongoing war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

“Muslim terrorist organizations see Ramadan as an opportunity to carry out terrorist attacks and acts of violence. During this period, the incitement and calls by elements of radical Islam (with an emphasis on global jihad organizations such as Islamic State and Al-Qaeda) to carry out attacks are increasing,” the statement read.

According to the NSC, terrorist organizations are expected to exploit the war and tensions around the Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem to foment attacks against Israeli and Western interest abroad.

The NSC emphasized that the travel alert has not been raised for Ramadan, but stressed the need for members of the public to exercise caution and use good judgment.

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