Counter-Terrorism Bureau Issues Passover 'Tips'

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- With Passover less than three weeks away, Israel's counter-terrorism bureau issued a comprehensive report to protect Israeli families planning to celebrate the holiday abroad.

According to the report, Iran and its Lebanese-based proxy, Hezbollah, continue plans to target Israelis abroad, with Hezbollah focusing on tourists and Iran targeting embassies and other diplomatic sites.

Topping the list of tourist destinations to avoid is Egypt's Sinai Peninsula because of concrete terror warnings, especially kidnapping.

The report classifies danger levels in different countries, citing Turkey, Tunisia, Kenya, and Nigeria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Thailand, India, Greece, Crete and Cyprus as potentially problematic for Israelis.

The Jerusalem Post quoted one counter-terrorism official saying alerts have sometimes convinced perpetrators to abandon the plot.

"Shi'ite terrorism is a threat to Israeli citizens and Diaspora Jews," the official said. "The threat is being sponsored by Iran and Hezbollah."

"Over the past two years, there has been an increased effort to carry out attacks," he continued.

"We are identifying a systematic campaign operating with the greatest vigor," he said, adding that Iran and Hezbollah are "fully coordinated. It is one axis."

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