Israel warns its citizens travelling in India
"Israeli tourists are advised to avoid such events and other densely-populated areas."
In the light of New Year celebrations across the world, Israel has issued a warning for its citizens travelling to India ahead of the new year celebrations citing a "concrete basic threat" and advised to avoid parties and gatherings particularly in the south-west part of the country.
"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," Israel's Counter-Terrorism Bureau said yesterday in a statement, released by the Prime Minister's office.
"We ask to focus on events in the coming days related to the Christian New Year's holiday, placing particular emphasis on beach parties and clubs, where there is larger concentration of tourists," it said.
"Israeli tourists travelling in India have been asked to stay alert and to pay attention to local media reports and security agencies. Furthermore, families with relatives in India are asked to update them about the travel warning and recommendation," the warning said.
The popular parties on beaches of Goa are popular among Israeli youngsters and other western tourists that it can be easy targets of certain hostile Islamic groups.
The south-west part of the country -- which covers popular holiday destinations like Goa, Pune, Mumbai and Cochin -- are particularly at risk, the warning said.
An Israeli Embassy spokesman in New Delhi confirmed the warning and said, "Israel has issued a travel advisory surrounding New Year's Eve celebrations events in south-west India, with specific regard to beach parties, clubs and highly-populated tourist sites. Israeli tourists are advised to avoid such events and other densely-populated areas."
In addition, it recommended avoiding markets, festivals and crowded shopping areas. Even though there has been no clarification on what prompted the warning, it can be connected to Berlin terror attack on a Christmas market last week that killed 12 people.