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Israelis warned to leave Turkey over Iran threat

Following the killing of Sayad Kohdai last week, Iran has warned it will avenge his death by targeting Israeli businesspeople in Turkey.
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Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau issued an unusually explicit warning on May 30 against non-essential travel to Turkey, citing Iranian plans to attack Israelis there. The warning came amid diplomatic efforts to restore Israel-Turkey relations that peaked with last week’s visit to Israel by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, the first such visit in 15 years.

In a highly unusual move, Israeli security officials contacted some 100 Israelis currently in Turkey and advised them to return home as quickly as possible.

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