Indian mission in Israel issues travel advisory amidst growing tensions in the region


PTI, Apr 13, 2024, 9:20 AM IST

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The Indian embassy in Israel on Friday issued an advisory for its nationals in the country, urging them to avoid unnecessary travel, amid fears of a retaliatory attack by Iran.

The advisory came soon after the Ministry of External Affairs on Friday asked its citizens not to travel to Iran or Israel amid escalating tensions between the two countries following a strike on the Iranian consulate in Syria days ago.

“In view of the prevailing security situation in the region, all Indian nationals in Israel are advised to avoid unnecessary travel, remain calm and follow safety guidelines issued by the local authorities,” an ‘important advisory’ released by the embassy on its social media handles said.

“The embassy remains in touch with the Israeli authorities to ensure the safety of all our nationals,” it said.

The mission has also asked all its nationals who are not yet registered with it to do so at a given link.

The United States has also issued similar advisory to its nationals telling them to restrict their movement and follow guidelines.

Iran has blamed Israel for an attack on its diplomatic building in Damascus on April 1 in which two of its prominent commanders were killed among others.

Iran has vowed revenge to avenge the attack.

The threat has led to worldwide diplomatic initiatives to thwart a possible further conflagration in the region already struggling with Israel’s offensive in Gaza following a terror attack carried out by Hamas in its territory on October 7, and also regular exchange of fire between the Jewish state and Lebanese Shi’ite faction Hezbollah, which joined the war in solidarity with Hamas.

Houthis, considered Iran’s proxy in Yemen, and other factions seen as close to Tehran have also from time to time carried out attacks against Israel and at assets of countries that seem to be supportive of the Jewish state, disrupting international waters and global trade routes.

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