Israel urges its citizens to avoid Mideast countries with travel warnings

Ahram Online , Sunday 8 Oct 2023

Israel's National Security Council urged Sunday its citizens to refrain from travelling to Middle Eastern countries and other nations with travel warnings, according to a statement released on the council's website.

People wave Israeli flags and a banner reading Who celebrates terror - leave Germany during a demonstration in support of Israel called by Jewish organizations, on October 8, 2023. AFP

The council also asked Israelis in Egypt to leave the country as soon as possible.  

Earlier on Sunday, an Egyptian policeman shot dead two Israeli tourists in Alexandria. The incident also resulted in the killing of an Egyptian citizen and injuring another.   

The shooting comes a day after Hamas killed hundreds of Israelis and captured tens of others in a surprise full-scale attack against Israeli cities, prompting Israel to announce a “state of war.” 

Gun battles between Palestinian fighters and Israeli forces raged for a second day on Sunday.

Shortly following the beginning of the fierce fighting between both sides on Saturday, Egypt's presidential spokesman said President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is closely monitoring the events in Gaza and has given instructions to maximise communication to contain the situation and prevent further tension between the parties.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also expressed concern over the increasing violence between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, urging both sides to exercise utmost restraint and protect civilians from further harm.

The Foreign Ministry warned that the escalating violence would negatively affect the future of peace talks and called on international actors involved in the peace process to intervene to stop the escalation.

Furthermore, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry had phone conversations with various international and regional counterparts to discuss ways to de-escalate the situation in the Gaza Strip. 


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