Counter Terror Bureau Issues Alert

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Prime Minister's Office has published a list of precautionary steps issued by the Counter Terrorism Bureau to protect Israelis abroad from kidnapping attempts by Hezbollah agents.

The travel advisory comes in wake of threats by the Lebanese-based terror group to avenge the assassination of senior commander Imad Mughniyeh, who was killed last February when his booby-trapped car exploded in Damascus.

Israel denied responsibility for the incident.

The Bureau issued the following precautionary steps to minimize the danger of kidnapping:

  • Be on the lookout for any irregular occurrences
  • Reject any unexpected business-related or other offers
  • Prevent the entrance of strangers or suspicious figures into hotel rooms or apartments
  • Avoid staying in remote locations, especially at nighttime
  • Make sure to be accompanied by reliable escorts when going out on the town or to business meetings
  • Avoid staying in one place for long periods of time
  • Refrain from staying in one hotel room
  • Avoid using the same travel route
  • Avoid going to the same restaurants or places of entertainment

Earlier this month, Israeli security agents warned Israelis living and working in West African countries about potential kidnapping attempts by Hezbollah operatives.

"West African countries have a large Arab community, and many of them are Shi'ite immigrants from Lebanon, who constitute the Hezbollah infrastructure in the region," a Foreign Ministry official told The Jerusalem Post.

"Hezbollah looks for a country with a weak regime, weak intelligence and security services and relatively easy escape routes," one defense official said.

Sources: YNet news, The Jerusalem Post

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