Rabat - Israeli authorities have downplayed the terror threats in Morocco for its citizens by including the kingdom among countries where only "normal vigilance" is required.
Rabat – Israeli authorities have downplayed the terror threats in Morocco for its citizens by including the kingdom among countries where only “normal vigilance” is required.
The Counter-Terrorism Bureau (CTB) of the Israeli National Security Council has published its semi-annual travel advisory, a report in which it urges Israeli citizens to stay away from countries likely to be the target of terrorist attacks.
CTB’s ranking, whose content has been reported by US news website Defense News, ranges from Code Burgundy, or countries where Israeli citizens are either forbidden or strongly urged not to visit due to “very high concrete threat”, to Code Yellow, where ongoing potential threats” warrant essential travel only.
Morocco is ranked among Code Yellow countries, the lowest travel advisory ranking constituting those posing “ongoing potential threats.” Other countries in the same category are Azerbaijan, Kenya, Nigeria, Oman and Turkey.
According to the same source, Israelis are not allowed to visit six countries defined as enemy states: Iran, Lebanon, Iraq (including Kurdistan), Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen.
Countries designated as Code Red, or high concrete threat by the Counter-Terrorism Bureau, include Algeria, Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Pakistan, Togo and Tunisia.
“Any Israelis present in these countries are advised to leave immediately,” the bureau urged.
As for countries designated as Code Orange, those posing a “basic concrete threat”, CTB cited United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Egypt and Qatar.
“Recent terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists in Belgium, Canada, Australia, France and Denmark raise concerns over additional attacks against Western targets, including Israeli and Jewish targets, by veterans of the fighting in Syria and Iraq who are affiliated with Global Jihad (including Islamic State) and by local elements inspired by the terrorist organizations,” CTB said.
CTB added that the warnings are based on “solid and reliable information, which reflects a real threat, based on the intelligence picture for a specific period.”