Warning is issued of ‘immediate and severe’ risk of terror attacks on tourist targets in India with New Year beach parties feared most at-risk

 

Israel has warned that tourist targets are under ‘immediate risk’ in India
The threat referred to the ‘south-west of the country’, which includes Goa
India is a popular destination for young Israelis after finishing military service
Israel criticised recently by John Kerry for building of settlements in West Bank

Israel has issued severe travel warnings for India, citing an ‘immediate and severe’ risk to Western tourists.

India has been the scene of several attacks by Muslim terrorists over the years, including bomb attacks in Mumbai in 1993 and a gun and bomb attack in the same city in 2008 killed 164 people.

Israel’s anti-terrorism directorate today said: ‘We are warning Israeli tourists in India of the possibility of imminent terrorist attacks against western targets and tourists, particularly in the southwest of that country.’

‘A particular emphasis should be put on events in the coming days in connection with beach and club parties celebrating the New Year where a concentration of tourists will be high,’ the warning said.

It said it was raising the alert level in response to a ‘concrete basic threat’.

The warning is believed to include Goa, which is a popular magnet for foreigners.
Other popular tourist hotspots in India include the Taj Mahal in Agra and the Red Fort in Delhi.
But in recent years the state of Kerala, in south-west India, has also become a popular tourist destination and the main city, Cochin, has a vibrant nightlife.

India is a popular destination for young Israelis, especially after they have finished their obligatory military service.

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