Israel puts embassies on high alert

AFP , Tuesday 15 Feb 2011

The Israelis see their embassies are under threat

Israel has put its embassies on high alert, fearing they could come under attack, after identifying "suspicious activities" around some of them, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

"Unusual occurrences have been identified recently around a few Israeli missions abroad. Our assessment, at this point, is that these sites are under threat, and this is being taken care of," it said in a statement.

"The relevant Israeli authorities are in touch with relevant authorities in the countries concerned," it added, without revealing which locations had been flagged.

The warnings come after Israel's anti-terrorism bureau on Friday warned against travel to Egypt and eight other countries for fear of reprisal attacks on the anniversary of the assassination of two top Hezbollah combatants.

It said there was an increased threat of attacks against Israelis and Jewish targets in Egypt, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania and Venezuela.

Top Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh was killed in a car bombing in Damascus on 12 February  2008, while Abbas Mussawi, the group's secretary general, was killed by Israeli missile on 16 February 1992.

Both attacks prompted vows of revenge from the Shia militia group.

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