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Israel’s embassy in Ankara and consulate in Istanbul were two of the four
diplomatic missions closed this week due to terrorist threats, the Turkish daily
Hurriyet reported on Thursday.
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According to the paper, “the functions of
the Israeli missions are temporarily suspended, while the diplomats are still
working, not in the office, but from home.”
The Foreign Ministry declined
to relate to the reports.
Earlier this week, Foreign Ministry officials
confirmed that four missions did not open on Monday
because of concrete warnings
of possible terrorist attacks timed to mark the third anniversary of Hezbollah
military commander Imad Mughniyeh’s assassination.
In addition to
Istanbul, the other embassies that restricted their operations this week were in
Azerbaijan and Georgia, according to Iranian media.
The Foreign Ministry
issued a statement on Tuesday saying a number of “irregular incidents” had been
noticed recently around a number of Israeli diplomatic missions
“At this point we think there is a threat against those
locations, and it is being dealt with,” the statement read.
embassies have been targets in the past.
In 2008, a bomb plot was
uncovered against the embassy in Baku. In 2009, the Los Angeles Times
that Hezbollah and Iran were behind that plot – which was also believed to have
been aimed at avenging Mughniyeh’s assassination.
Mughniyeh was killed by
a car bomb in Damascus on February 12, 2008, as he made his way to a celebration
at the city’s Iranian cultural center.
In addition to serving as
Hezbollah’s chief of military operations, he was also the group’s liaison with
the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Hezbollah and Iran have blamed the Mossad for
Last week, the National Security Council’s counter-terrorism
bureau issued a travel advisory warning that the threat of attacks against
Israeli and Jewish targets abroad had increased, and referencing eight
countries: Egypt, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, the Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania