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Israel tells citizens to avoid Istanbul and warns Iran not to hurt them

Israel raised Istanbul’s travel recommendations to the highest level on Monday because it said it was a threat to Iran trying to kill or abduct Israelis on vacation in Turkey.

Foreign Minister Yale Rapid said “great efforts” by Israeli security forces have saved “Israel’s lives in recent weeks.” He thanked the Turkish government for its contribution.

He didn’t give any further details. Israeli security officials told Reuters that Turkey had arrested suspected “operators” of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Turkish authorities and the Iranian embassy in Ankara did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

“We are calling on the Israelites not to fly to Istanbul. And if you have no serious reason, do not fly to Turkey. If you are already in Istanbul, return to Israel as soon as possible.” Rapid said in a television statement.

“These terrorist threats are aimed at taking Israelis on vacation. They aim to kidnap and kill Israelis in a random but deliberate manner. I’m choosing, “he said.

“From here, I want to send a message to the Iranians. Anyone who hurt the Israelites will not run away with it. Israel’s long arms will catch them wherever they are.”

Tehran vowed to retaliate against Israel. Israel has accused the two of them on a motorcycle of killing Hassan Sayadokodai, a colonel of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, who was shot dead by holding the handle of the car on May 22.

Israel did not confirm or deny its standard policy of responsibility for accusations of assassination. It accused Kodai of attempting to attack civilians around the world.

Turkey is a popular tourist destination for Israelis. The two countries have repaired their relationship after more than a decade of tense relations.

The Israeli National Security Council said in a statement that the upgraded recommendations do not apply to Israelis on transit flights in Istanbul “unless they leave the airport.”

On Monday, Iranian media reported that two members of the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard Corps’ aerospace division died in separate incidents over the weekend as Iranian “martyrs.” This term is usually the name given to someone in an important mission.

Two men will die as tensions remain high over the tattered nuclear deal with Iran’s world powers and the uranium enrichment program closest to ever at the weapons-grade level. Authorities did not provide any indication of misconduct in the death of a man, but Israel has been accused of killing other high-ranking guards in the wake of the crisis.

Semi-official Fars and Tasnim news agencies, believed to be near the security forces, identified one of the dead as Ali Kamani and said he died in Khomein, Iran’s central city. Tasnim said Kamani died in a “car accident” without giving details.

The news agency did not rank Kamani. However, a photo released by Tasnim showed a man wearing a second lieutenant’s epaulettes in Iran’s ballistic missile program and the Guard’s aerospace program, which carries out several air defenses in the country.

The birthplace of Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who led the 1979 Islamic Revolution, is located in Markazi Province. The state also has an Iranian Arak heavy water reactor. This is the main nuclear development planning site with air defense equipment around it.

Only Fars reported the death of a second man identified as Mohammad Abdous. The agency has released a photo of Abdus in civilian clothing at the Imamreza Shrine in Mashad, Iran.

Mr Firth said Abdus died “on a mission” while working in Semnan Province, Iran. In the Semnan region, east of Tehran, is the Imam Khomeini Spaceport, which has been used for satellite launches.

The deaths of the two men will be reported under uncertain circumstances about a week and a half after the death of Colonel Ali Esmilezade of the Security Force, a member of the expedition.

In May, two motorcycle shooters shot and killed Colonel Hassan Sayyad Khodaei of the Guard in Tehran. There is no claim of responsibility for the attack. Iranian officials have accused “global arrogance” (US and Israeli norms) of Kodai’s killing.

Fifty-year-old Khodaei is still a gloomy person, and Iran has not yet provided biographical details other than saying he was also a member of the elite Quds Force. The guards described him as a “guardian of the shrine.” This is a reference to the Iranians who support militias fighting militia groups in Syria and Iraq. Thousands attended his funeral in Tehran, and hardline President Ebrahim Raisi visited his family.

The method of killing triggered a previous targeted attack by Israel in Iran. In November 2020, Iran’s top military nuclear scientist, Mosen Fafrizade, was killed by a remote-controlled machine gun while traveling in a car on the outskirts of Tehran. [Reuters, AP]

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