Israel issues global terror warning amid Hezbollah threat

February 15th, 2008 - 1:55 pm ICT by admin  

Jerusalem, Feb 15 (Xinhua) The Israeli Counter Terrorism Bureau has issued a worldwide travel advisory, warning Israelis against possible abduction attempts abroad in the wake of the assassination of Hezbollah commander Imad Moughniyah. Thursday’s warning came after Lebanon’s Shia group Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah vowed to retaliate against Israeli targets for its alleged involvement in the assassination.

“Hezbollah charges Israel time and again with Imad Moughniyah’s death, a fact that may increase Hezbollah terror threats on Israeli targets abroad,” said the warning.

Israeli army and embassies were also instructed to raise the alert level. The Bureau advised Israelis abroad to avoid attending large gatherings, and has upped its abduction warning, especially for those who have business connections with Arab and Muslim business people.

Additional representative bodies, such as Israel’s airline and Jewish Agency branches overseas, have also been instructed to heighten their alert level.

Moughniyah was killed in a car bombing in a residential neighbourhood in the Syrian capital Damascus Tuesday night.

Hezbollah accused Israel of ordering the assassination, but Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s office denied any involvement.

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